Notion Ink offers an update on Adam tablet

The Notion Ink Adam, a much-anticipated tablet due to its Pixel Qi display, has received a brief progress update. The news is welcomed but still raises red flags for me.

The biggest news is they plan to announce a lot in October. This includes details on the graphics engine and a deal for digital comics. They’re also including a switch to turn off the backlight on both the Pixel Qi and regular LCD models. They mention they’re working on a replaceable battery concept, but the big word there is “concept” so don’t expect that in the initial design. Most importantly, they expect to get to FCC certifications a week earlier than scheduled.

Good news all around, but there are subtle things in the announcement I find troublesome. Quote: “LCDs consume somewhere around 1.8-2.4W an hour!” A watt is a rate of consumption so consumption should be described simply as watts (watts an hour can be thought of acceleration). Also, it’s not the LCD, but the backlight that really consumes that juice. That would be true of either display. The only difference is that Pixel Qi, which is a type of LCD, can be viewed in ambient lighting without the backlight.

Sure, these are nitpicky nerd points, and I wouldn’t blame a marketing guy for getting them wrong, but the author Rohan Shravan is an engineer. I hate to be this skeptical about a product that looks this good, but until we see the real product, those little red flags can only add up.

Via Liliputing

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at]


  1. I fully agree about the red flags. I have been holding off getting any sort of slate device until I can get one with a Pixel Qi screen. So, I’ve naturally been following the NotionInk Adam for, what now, over a year? With basically going from some CES shows, some videos before that showing off the Pixel Qi versus a Macbook Pro, to some vague updates on their blog. I fully hope they come up with something, but had the iPad had a Pixel Qi screen I’d of bought that despite it’s other limitations in my work. It’s simply that is the feature I am looking for to replace my ebook reader and portable consumption device. Everything else (sans battery time) goes by the wayside for me.

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