If there’s one product considered a direct competitor to the Apple iPad it’s Notion Ink’s Adam Tablet. Officially introduced at CES, this tablet packs the latest generation Nvidia Tegra chipset and Pixel Qi’s remarkable LCD technology (video after the jump). According to Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan, there’s a lot more to be excited about than just the display.
For starters, how about battery life that’s 2-3x that of iPad?
Apparently the Tegra chipset sips power so frugally that it can best Apple’s A4 chip in power consumption – and that’s before factoring in the Pixel Qi display which in itself offers considerable power conservation in it’s “Reflective Mode” (emphasis mine). The Tegra chipset can also drive a high-def external display at 1080p resolution, making this an excellent device for presentations and media. iPad’s highest external display resolution is 576p.
Yes, this device dings Apple in all the places where it hurts, which makes it a formidable competitor. That said, the Adam Tablet doesn’t have the Apple App Store with 140,000 apps that already run on iPad. It doesn’t have millions of handsets already in the worldwide market and it doesn’t have a vibrant (albeit sometimes frustrated) community of developers to produce those apps.
To counter the size of Apple’s developer community, Notion Ink is running a $1 million app competition for developers. Details on the competition are forthcoming.
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