Notion Ink Tegra Android smartpad uses Pixel Qi display

Chris Davies - Dec 18, 2009, 4:03am CST
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.

The Notion Ink smartpad measures 6.3 x 9.8 x 0.6 inches and weighs 1.7lbs; as well as the triband (850/1900/2100) UMTS/HSDPA, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR it also squeezes in A-GPS, a digital compass, accelerometer and proximity, ambient light and water sensors. Connectivity includes USB, HDMI, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microphone input, and there’s also a 3-megapixel autofocus camera with video recording support. Onboard storage is either 16GB or 32GB of SSD, and there’s an SD slot for augmenting that.

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Initially – at least as it’s to be shown at CES – the smartpad will use the regular Android UI, with full gesture support. Navigation is either via the touchscreen or a trackpad, and Notion Ink have added a matte-finish anti-glare, oleophobic and scratch-resistant coating to the Pixel Qi display. Of course, the panel itself can be viewed indoors as a regular LCD, or outdoors in either transflective mode with reduced color vibrancy or fully reflective 64-level grayscale mode. Notion Ink say they’ve been developing a number of applications that should be added sometime after CES, including Office-style software, Flash-based titles and some graphics apps that include physics-based functionality. Ebook reading is also another possibility, and the company are in talks with several (unnamed) content providers.

Perhaps most importantly for a web-browsing tablet, battery life estimates are impressive. Notion Ink reckon the smartpad will be good for up to 48hrs standby on its integrated rechargeable Li-Ion battery, 8hrs of HD video playback and 16hrs of internet surfing over WiFi. It seems it’s the eight-core Tegra T20 chipset that’s primarily responsible for such longevity, though Notion Ink can’t share any more details on that SoC itself. Meanwhile media playback isn’t sacrificed, and Notion Ink have apparently played three 1080p HD videos simultaneously with only a small loss in frames.  The company is still working on optimizing the hardware, so we might see even greater runtimes and performance by the time the smartpad launches.

The big issue remaining is price, and so far we’re not sure exactly what sort of MRSP Notion Ink expect their Android Tegra tablet to command. The general consensus seems to be that a $300 price point is roughly what the market expects; however we’re not sure everything on the smartpad’s spec-sheet could be brought in for that price, at least not without carrier subsidies. We’ll update with more information when we have it, together with video.


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20 Responses to Notion Ink Tegra Android smartpad uses Pixel Qi display

  1. Nicholas you’re right. I could see a lot of value added for the ability to recognize pen pressure and angle. I know it might be a little too soon for this now, but I think it could be the future to capitalize on the tablet market with all of the knowledge and expertise they have with pen input.

  2. OMG WANT WANT WANT.

    Finally, a 10″ android tablet! and with a PixelQi display!!

    Has almost all of the bullet items on my “ideal mid-range device” list.

  3. It is a huge shame this uses an NVIDIA card, it means that it is going to be very hard to put a standard Linux distro like Debian/Ubuntu, Fedora or Gentoo on it.

    • @Notneeded:
      If you want a 10″ tablet for Ubuntu (or other typical linux distro’s), look at the eviGroup pad. 10″ atom tablet, IIRC.

  4. Hi! Does anyone know how can we order the Notion Ink Tegra Android smartpad uses Pixel Qi display?
    Thanks!

    • The product doesn’t have a name yet, but it is known as “The Notion Ink smartpad.”
      It’s not on sale yet…

      • As of a few days ago, it does have an official name: Adam

        The Notion Ink Adam

        And there’s some new coverage of it, from CES, on both engadget.com and jkontherun.com. The prototype looks less like a stealth fighter, and more traditional … and performs amazingly well. Target is supposedly $300 +/- $50, and available in April.

  5. This is not a render of the Notion Ink device. The illustrations are old renders used to illustrate an article about a hypothetical portable internet device running linux that was widely used on gadget websites and for some reason ended up be ing used to illustrate stories about the Notion Ink on Slashgear. The Notion Ink looks nothing like this render. What makes this even more bizarre is that Slashgear has links and images on its site that show the actual Notion Ink. Simply a case of some very lazy web designer grabbing an image that had been used in a previous article without bothering to check the caption.

  6. I could see a lot of value added for the ability to recognize pen pressure and angle. I know it might be a little too soon for this now, but I think it could be the future to capitalize on the tablet market with all of the knowledge and expertise they have with pen input.

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