If you are one of the people who thought that Notion Ink was done and dusted, we can’t blame you. The company which was in the spotlight till the beginning of last year has quietly faded into the background.
Recently they changed their homepage to a banner which read “Busy creating. Coming back soon.”
But wait. We’ve got news!
NextBigWhat has learned that Notion Ink is indeed going to launch the Adam II next month, with a unique design that has two displays. The device is currently undergoing its first production tests. Notion Ink has also hired two new teams which are both located outside India which are working on the device.
Unlike reported widely, the tablet will not be based on the OMAP processor. Notion Ink had partnered with Texas Instruments (TI) in January 2012 to incorporate its OMAP 4470 in next generation Adam II Tablets. Adam II was also supposed to use other TI components like Wi-Link 7.0 and Phoenix Audio Power Amplifiers. This seems to have fallen through.
The Adam II was suppose to run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We can assume that the new Adam II tablet will come with Android Jelly Bean on board but if it will be 4.1 or 4.2 we cannot be sure of.
When we contacted Notion Ink about this development, the media team responded, “The main focus this time is on the design of the device as compared to specifications. Specifications have saturated now. Adding more cores doesn’t mean anything. We will have a very unique design with 2 displays!”
The company also says that they are going to target a very specific set of customers. Notion Ink did not reveal any details about pricing.
Notion Ink’s Dotted History
When Notion Ink announced the Adam at the end of 2010, it was perceived by many as an iPad killer. The tablet was showcased at CES in January 2011, and received rave reviews especially because of its user interface Eden. The tablet was powered by a Nvidia Tegra 250 processor with a 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9. It ran Android 2.2 Froyo. The tablet has two types of 10.1 inch screens – a transflective liquid crystal display made by Pixel Qi or a backlit liquid crystal display (LCD). The Notion Ink Adam went through a lot of controversies and delays including manufacturing issues.
The successor to the Adam, the Adam II was teased by Notion Ink in the beginning of January 2012. But no product was ever shown or released.
The company which was quite active on social media and its blog have not updated its feeds or posts in a very long time. The last tweet was on December 21, 2012 and the blog describing the designing of Adam II last saw a post on February 4, 2012.
Only time will tell if Notion Ink will rise like a phoenix from the ashes and get success from the Adam II. However, they will have to go a long way to gain back the trust of a lot of customers.