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The wait for Notion Ink's dual-core Tegra 2 based Adam tablet pre-orders is finally coming to an end - after yesterday's teaser blog post that now generated over 8000 comments, Rohan Shravan, the CEO and the public voice of Notion Ink, put up some details of the pre-order that is indeed coming today.

Timeline

First up, the timeline:

  • 10:30 a.m PST Dec 9th (0:00 a.m. IST Dec 10th): pre-orders start for a pre-selected group of people who have been actively participating in the Notion Ink Blog
  • 4:30 p.m. PST Dec 9th (6:00 a.m. IST Dec 9th): pre-orders open up for everyone (link TBD)

Pricing

The pricing structure of 3 out of 6 models has been updated as well, and to our surprise, the new prices are actually lower, though temporarily:

  • LCD Wi-Fi version: $375.33 (down from $399.99)
  • LCD Wi-Fi+3G version: $425.33 (down from $449.99)
  • Pixel Qi (transflective display) Wi-Fi version: $499.45
  • Pixel Qi (transflective display) Wi-Fi+3G version: $549.99

Note: For each 3G model, there are 2 variants - 850 and 900 series, which differ in the exact frequency of the 3G chip. 850 MHz serves the US, Canada, Telstra in Australia, and Telecom NZ in New Zealand, while the 900 MHz version serves Europe, Asia, and the rest of Australia and New Zealand.

Pre-Order

With all the hype around Notion Ink, Adam, and Eden, which is their own proprietary Android-based tablet UI, I have to wonder why they haven't sent anyone any test units, or let alone shown any recent real photos of the device so many of us are so anxious to pre-order. The tablet does seems real - the videos from earlier this year have it on camera in plain view, but what Rohan is doing does not make any business sense. He sure has the community riled up, but I don't see how not showing off the new device can help the business.

Color me excited but pessimistic and suspicious, until proven wrong (I sure hope I will be).

Pre-order links coming as soon as we find out what they are.

Oh, and they mystery feature that we've been teased with for a few weeks now? Rohan is not revealing in even now - it will keep us guessing for weeks to come:

The Mystery Feature. It will still be a mystery! :) One of my wish was to design a product where every fortnight you can receive a new update which isn’t just a security bug fix, but a discovery of something which already existed, sort of un-locking a part. This is my first attempt on the same lines!

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Source: Notion Ink

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Eggcake

    A mystery indeed.

    Even the fanatic blog commenters are getting suspicious.
    By the way, he created a YouTube channel (don't know if it's fake or not, looks real^):
    http://www.youtube.com/user/RohanShravan

  • Joe

    Artem, no need to feel like you're the only pessimistic person here - I'm a long-time follower of the NI blog, and I'm shocked that they are expecting people to preorder $500+ products without providing ANY of the following:

    *real images of the final product
    *real video of the final product
    *estimates of shipping dates
    *support/warranty info
    *return policies
    *confirmation on Market availability

    I for one, as things currently stand, will be passing on my early pre-order invite once I get the email invite. Not really liking the fact that I'm doubting things, but it is what it is, and at the end of the day I am a consumer and $500 is a lot of cash!

    • Donato Orlando

      That's because they need capital to make the product.

      Why wouldn't a sane person go to Sears buy a Viewsonic G tablet which uses practically the same hardware exists now, comes from a reputable manufacturer and costs the same.

  • Ron H in Schenectady

    Very real concerns, Joe. I wonder if anyone has posted these concerns on the blog?? I'm also a little hesitant as well. But, hey, if you pay with Visa (or MC), you're covered for fraud, etc.

    • Joe

      Oh a LOT of people are now posting those concerns, and I mean a LOT. Apparently Rohan has said today that all those questions will apparently be answered on the pre-order page, so for now we'll just have to wait and see.

    • David Ruddock

      "Fraud" is pretty hard to asset when your shipment is merely "backordered". You can of course request your card company put a stop the payment - if they can, they will.

      But considering you're probably paying somewhere in India, retrieval of funds may not be quite so easy.

      • Ron H in Schenectady

        I believe Visa has that guarantee in place no matter where the transaction originates. Just as they would retrieve funds for a fraudulent charge from somewhere in China (whether I authorized it or not, stolen, or whatever), the funds are credited back by Visa. It's essentially an insurance. I speak from unfortunate experience.

  • http://www.slipshft.com Slipshft

    Not to push those anxious about this but having done 3D graphics and video production for a long time, I could see how this could be a big fake. Not that I want it to be, but you are right for being suspicious.

  • SiliconAddict

    O_o The vaporware title isn't fully erased, but its definitely closer to being wiped out of existence.

  • Ron H in Schenectady

    Are any of the "early blog posters" getting their emails with pre-order info?