On Friday, we (exclusively) reported that Notion’s Ink Adam II is to be launched in June with a unique dual display.
Unlike what Notion Ink has done in the past, the Adam II was unveiled pretty silently without much hype at the National Technology Awards 2013 in New Delhi on Saturday, reports Android focused blog AndroidOS.in.
The National Technology Awards press release shared by Press Information Bureau mentions the Adam II announcement at the event.
“The fourth item launched is a modular Tablet PC designed, developed and manufactured by two young IITians- Sh. Rohan Pandey and Sh. Rohit Rathi. Their Tablet PC is differentiated from other similar product in the market as it integrates ZigBee along with WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G. Its design is inspired from the look of a book and it has 2 displays, one in front like a Magazine and another on the spine to show secondary information. This advanced version is intended to be marketed at a price of Rs. 12,000/- per unit in the Indian market.”
While the company’s name is not mentioned, Rohan Pandey and Rohit Rathi are part of Notion Ink.
The blog says the tablet is being funded by Technology Development Board (Department of Science & Technology) and will be released at a price of Rs 12,000 sometime in the coming weeks. From our sources we believe this to be sometime in June.
The company also disturbed pamphlets at the event, naming the tablet as Adam II and giving out various details and specifications of the tablet from the Bangalore based start-up.
As we had reported before, the Notion Ink Adam II features will feature two screens. We now have more details about the screens. One is a normal 1280x800p IPS display and the other is a unique screen located on spine of the device (like a spine in a book). This secondary display will show notifications or contextual data related to what is being displayed on the main screen. This would be a first in a tablet but is definitely going to increase the thickness.
As per the pamphlet shared by the company at the event in Delhi, the Adam II will be powered by a 1.5GHz Cortex A9 dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. The tablet will have a 2-megapixel HD rear and a 2-megapixel HD front camera. The Adam II also packs a 6,000 mAh battery which the company says will give 10 hours of battery life. It will also come with the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI out, MicroUSB port and microSD card slot.
The storage capacity was not mentioned. We expect the tablet to come with a SIM card slot which will support 3G. We anticipate there to be multiple variants just like with the original Adam.
The tablet will runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and will come with support for the Google Play Store.
For Rs 12,000, the specifications of the tablet definitely look good, but the company is going to have to make good on their promises this time in what has already become a very crowded market.
Importantly, the brand has seen huge dilution over the last few months (over-hyped/delivery issues/performance and support issues), and the (Western) world isn’t going to easily buy into the hype this time around.
What are your thoughts?