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Dec
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The interesting Notion Ink Adam gained quite a lot of notoriety (if not actual fans) in its initial version. The company's second tablet has been anticipated for almost two full years, and it looks like it's finally on sale. But for the moment you'll only be able to get your hands on it in India: the price is in Rupees, and the order page is only accepting Indian addresses. If you've got room in Link's wallet, the Wi-Fi version is RS16,499 (about $265), and the 3G version is RS18,999 ($305).

adam prices

For your cash you get a 10-inch, 1280x800 LCD screen, a 1.5Ghz dual core Cortex A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 3.15MP rear camera, a MicroHDMI port, and Android 4.2.2. The storage is a mere 8GB, but it's expandable via MicroSD, and the tablet packs a 6000mAh battery. But it wouldn't be Notion Ink if there wasn't some kind of twist to the hardware, and in the Adam II that comes in the form of a secondary display built into the tablet's side. This "super-twisted nematic" screen is just large enough to display notifications and contextual information in black and white, sort of like a title for a magazine or book.

adam side

The software looks like it's considerably closer to AOSP than the original Adam, and screenshots show the Google Play Store. Even so, with decidedly low hardware specs and a chunky build to accommodate the extra screen, the Adam II is unlikely to turn heads. If you want one outside of India, you'll have to wait: we contacted Notion Ink for further release details, and though concrete info wasn't forthcoming, they assured us that they planned to release the Adam II in other regions at some point.

Source: NotionInk.com - thanks, Chetan Yalamanchili!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • EH101

    That's quite.... hideous. I expected more from these guys. Probably should have known something lackluster was coming since they've been out of the game for almost three years.

  • Youri

    I feel like they should either have better or similar specs than Nexus 7 2013, which is cheaper..

    • ssj4Gogeta

      Not in India, where the 16GB Neuxs 7 2013 sells for 21000 INR (USD 337) and the 32GB LTE version sells for 28000 INR (USD 450).

      • ragflan

        Nexus 7 2013 is actualy cheaper than the Adam II everywhere else. Converting it into dollars the Adam II with 3G turns out to be a few dollars more than the Nexus 7 2013 LTE. Even if it were the same price, the Nexus 7 2013 brings a much higher resolution screen and much better internals. Plus it's a Nexus device set to receive updates directly from Google. This tablet will struggle to sell.

        • ssj4Gogeta

          I understand how much better the Nexus is in comparison to this. I was just stating a fact.

    • Someone_asdf

      Are you seriously comparing the price of a 7" tablet with a 10.1" tablet?

      • ssj4Gogeta

        Screen size is the only thing it beats the Nexus in (and that second screen). The Nexus has a higher IPC CPU with more cores, likely a much better GPU, a much higher resolution screen and updates from Google.
        Personally, I'd prefer a 2.3 megapixel 7" screen over a 1 megapixel 10" screen.

    • Invector

      How the hell can you morons compare a 7in tab to a 10 in one? Do you even realize that the screen is the single most expensive component in a tablet?
      Besides, what's with the misplaced hate against a tiny startup from India that is trying hard to innovate in a tough market on a very limited budget? Haven't you people ever used terribly conceived and poorly executed products from billion dollar corporations from the US and Europe? That didn't stop you guys from going right back to sucking the test of the same company when their next product rolled out. One mistake and these idiots become expert Tech Nazis. It's laughable.

      • Indian

        Makes sense. I had a chat with Notion Ink's staff about the product. they seem genuine in their response. i am going to give a try.

  • mgamerz

    It's like the continuum all over again.

  • Jadephyre

    This was stuck in development hell for too long, specs are seriously underwhelming.
    Good luck if they plan to sell this in the States or in Europe, it's seriously going to bomb.
    Even my N7 2012 has better specs...

    • ragflan

      Underwhelming specs and overpriced as well. The 3G version of Adam II costs more than the Nexus 7 2013 LTE version. More importantly, the Nexus 7 2013 is a better tablet with a higher resolution screen and much better hardware. I see no incentive in paying just as much money for the Adam II when it offers nothing more of value and is actually inferior in hardware and, arguably the most important aspect of a tablet, screen resolution.

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    • Sergio

      And no more Pixel Qi thing? So disappointing... That's what made Notion Ink project something special...

  • Dheeraj Chowdary Nekkanti

    I think this should be priced much much lower for it to have any chance in the market.

  • Think

    I think the Adam 2 wud be a l'll cheaper may be around by $20-25 as compared to ₹ directly converting to dollars. Coz that is how it is even with unlocked iPhones & Galaxys. It wud be even cheaper if it is made available on contracts. But wrt specs, it is a l'll retro!

  • Android Developer

    Does the side of the device use E-ink , or the name doesn't mean anything related to this tech ?

  • Roh_Mish

    There was no news of it launching here in India. Why are you guys reporting it?

  • SwankMonsta

    People really go out their way to buy these cheap old tablets that run cupcake?!

  • StriderWhite

    I don't know if the "second display" is a clever thing or a dumb one...

  • Adam

    Love that spine thing. I always have my tablet flat on a higher section of my desk, and it'd be perfect for glancing at without picking the tablet up. :-)

  • Cuvis

    Honestly, the spine screen thing doesn't strike me as terribly useful. What happened to the PixelQI screen, anyway? I always thought that was a pretty sweet concept.

  • Jo

    What, no Pixel Qi screen?

  • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

    I'm shocked they are still around - haven't heard anything about them for years!

  • Chola The Greatest

    I bought the PQi and 3G version without any software support for almost three years. But it is still working whenever I switch it on. I typically give this to my kids when they are frustrated during holidays and didn't mind abusing the piece. Let me check whether they do ant exchange .

    Did I mention that I had paid ₹35,000 nearly twice the money for the same spec three years back

  • NoOne

    The only thing different about the Adam II versus comparable tablets is its bulk. Well, apart from that secondary display, which is a gimmick.

  • Vija

    I have this device and compared with Galaxy note 2. I am pretty happy with adamII