Unveiled in December of 2010, Notion Ink's original Adam was intended to be an innovative, disruptive Android tablet that could compete with the iPad. Its primary selling point - besides a relatively high-end (at the time) dual-core Tegra 250 processor and 1GB of RAM - was a UI overlay known as Eden, which promised to make underlying the Android 2.2 more tablet-friendly. Launched to much fanfare in January 2011, the Adam never quite caught on the way Notion Ink had hoped; shipping delays, software issues, and poor build quality led the company to sell fewer units than anticipated. Two years and several versions of Android later, Notion Ink's ready to give it another go with the Adam 2.


According to scans of a pamphlet provided by a tipster to AndroidOS.in, the Adam II promises to be a very interesting budget tablet. Featuring a 10.1-inch 1280x800 IPS display, the unit also includes a secondary, STN (Super-twisted nematic) screen on the left edge of tablet for displaying notifications and contextual information, similar in concept to Samsung's old Continuum smartphone. The tablet's internals are rather unremarkable by today's standards: an unspecified 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 6,000 mAh battery, and all the standard wireless accoutrements. In terms of output, the Adam's well-endowed, packing HDMI out, a MicroUSB port, and a microSD card slot.


Notion Ink's become known for building considerable hype around a product that fails to deliver. Though I have to admit the Adam II's edge display is pretty neat - Notion Ink said it was meant to mimic the look of a book spine - I'm certainly not holding my breath. In a world of Nexus and über-cheap tablets, Notion Ink's gimmicks might not have the widespread appeal they once did.

The Adam II will initially be available in India, though pricing and release date information hasn't yet been announced.


Kyle Wiggers
Kyle Wiggers is an avid writer, web designer, podcaster, and video producer with an acute interest in all things technology. When not reviewing or commentating on gadgets, apps, and videos, he enjoys reading New Yorker feature articles, tinkering with computers, and playing the occasional game of Rock Me Archimedes.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

    I was really excited about the notion ink adam, the first time around...
    This time not so much

    • http://twitter.com/RvLeshrac RvLeshrac

      If the ridiculous delays of the original were any indication, I'll be more excited if they can ship it before 2016.

  • http://profiles.google.com/drewprice Drew Price

    That thing looks like a brick from the pictures. Nothing about it is very appealing other than it's price, but I'd rather have a Nexus 7

    As someone that once owned the Adam 1, I was very disappointed with it when you compared it to all the other high end android tablets that came out shortly after it. It was heavy, the screen wasn't that great, it wasn't nearly as fast as it should have been. Build quality on mine seemed solid, and they were really helpful with the dev community (they gave us the nvidia restore utility whatever it was called). I eventually sold mine (even made a slight profit) and picked up a Asus Transformer and haven't looked back.

  • http://twitter.com/jishnu7 Jishnu

    You missed price point, It is 12000₹ (~220$).

    • aiden9

      That price point has already been updated as incorrect.

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    Looking at the screenshot, they seem to get rid of their UI altogether.

  • paco

    notion ink was all about pixel QI, without QI theres no reason to buy it.

  • vasras

    1280x800 IPS = FAIL! 1GB RAM=LOL!

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    Adam II? Don't they mean like.. Abel? Or Cain? Neither ended up very well...

  • NotionInkLoverNotAnyMore

    Bought the 1st Adam. One of the most stupid things I've ever done.
    Won't buy any of their products again. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/brad.kalinoski Brad Kalinoski

    The first one was so over hyped, it was DOA first time around, so Im not even going to bother wasting time discussing how much time is being wasted talking about it.

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  • HebeGuess

    Just verify that wallpaper they used on this promo actually was from HTC Sense 5.. Hell, WTF is Adam the copy cat.

  • Haedocynic

    Kudos for using the correct plural of nexus (which is the same, nexus)!

  • Ravi

    Notion Ink is well known for creating hype it can't live up to.