Linux’s Tablet Answer: Notion Ink ADAM
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The iPad has yet to hit shelves, and yet it has already become clear that a tablet war will likely consume much consumer attention in 2010. Apple, to much applause, has announced its champion, and Windows will likely respond with an arsenal of 3rd party devices. But who will carry the open source community’s banner into the fray? Joojoo Tablet has fallen from favor once it became clear it would run a browser-based OS, and the other Android tablets have failed to garner much attention.
Notion Ink’s ADAM appears to be standing ready to fill this hole. It’s a Linux-based tablet that already has set its eye on defeating the iPad, and the spec list does not seem to betray it in that regard:
- 10″ Transflective LCD, Pixel Qi Screen 1024 x 600 with low power mode
- Multitouch capacitive screen
- Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 with NVidia Tegra 2
- HDMI 1080p Out
- 3 USB Ports
- Battery life: 160 hours backlight off, 16 hours video playback
- Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth
- Rear trackpad
- Adobe Flash Support
- SD Card Slot
The truly revolutionary component on this tablet is its screen, which incorporates Pixel Qi technology to give a similar experience as e-Ink when the backlight is off. This gives the tablet its godly battery life, and allows it to directly challenge the reading experience of eReaders. It is a powerful tablet, and the device’s multitasking with Flash support is undoubtedly a response to the iPad’s inability to do either.
Still, this thing comes with some weird quirks. It is unclear what the OS shall be on this tablet, as three are listed in the spec sheet (Android, Ubuntu, Chromium). Pricing is highly variable, $327-800, but still easily competitive with Apple. All that remains is to see how well Notion Ink will market this and get public support behind it. For now, it seems like Linux’s best shot to take the mainstream.
Via Gizmodo, image via Notion Ink.