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Notion Ink Adam: Flash, iPad comparison & App Competition

Notion Ink Adam: Flash, iPad comparison & App Competition

One of the most exciting products from CES 2010 last month was Notion Ink's Adam tablet, the Android-based slate using the latest-gen NVIDIA Tegra chipset and Pixel Qi's innovative low-power display.  The company had brought along a prototype they could exclusively show us, and now they've sent over renders of what's likely to be the final Adam design complete with some mockups of a SlashGear digital magazine.  And, since Apple's long-awaited entrant to the tablet arena - the iPad - has since made its debut, we also asked Notion Ink just how Adam holds up to the new competition.

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Tablets, tablets all around (& not just Notion Ink)

Tablets, tablets all around (& not just Notion Ink)

One of the big surprises from CES 2010 last week was the sheer number of tablets. Perhaps, what with the persistent rumors of Apple's imminent entrance to the segment, that shouldn't be seen as too unusual, but as many commenters seem to have conveniently forgotten, this isn't exactly a new niche in the tech world. Microsoft, however badly they subsequently managed it, lent their weight behind compact tablets (aka UMPCs or Ultra-Mobile PCs) back in the days of Origami, and more recently we've seen PMPs first grow large, video-capable displays and then borrow internet functionality from notebooks as WiFi proliferated.

Notion Ink Adam hands-on

Notion Ink Adam hands-on

We first told you about Notion Ink and their Adam tablet back in December, and since then they've captured plenty of attention at CES 2010 for including NVIDIA's new Tegra 2 chipset and being the first use of a Pixel Qi display. We caught up with Notion Ink, company founder Rohan Shravan and the Adam prototype today for an extended discussion, not only about the hardware but exclusively about the company's plans and expectations for content and usage models.  Check out our exclusive photos and never-before-seen video after the cut.

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Notion Ink Tegra Android smartpad uses Pixel Qi display

Notion Ink Tegra Android smartpad uses Pixel Qi display

CES 2010 is likely to see a fair few internet tablets being announced, but SlashGear has heard about one particular model that has more than a little promise. Notion Ink's as-yet unnamed Android "smartpad" is based on an unnanounced NVIDIA Tegra T20 chipset supporting 1080p Full HD video playback, has integrated WiFi, Bluetooth and UMTS/HSDPA, and - perhaps most interestingly - is the first confirmed device to use the Pixel Qi transflective display. Notion Ink are saving the live hardware shots for CES - hence the renders - but they did send us some photos of the 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 Pixel Qi panel in action, which you can see after the cut along with the full specifications.

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