Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at Nvidia:
Windows is too big and it’s too full featured for smartbooks and tablets.
The good news is that we finally have an operating system to unite behind. Android is an operating system that has gained a tremendous amount of momentum all over the world.
Andy Rubin and his team [at Google] know exactly where the industry needs to go. Android started out as a phone but it’s not lost on them that the tablet is going to be very important and that the Android operating system has to evolve, and be enhanced in certain capabilities, in order to be a good tablet operating system.
I think we’ll have to wait until this fall. The operating systems are coming together, the devices are coming together.
Looks like we’ll see Android tablets by the end of this year. According to Eldar Murtazin, “Google asked manufacturers to wait until next Android version will be released”. Many apps already can run with no problem on a tablet, but system itself can be upgraded to take advantage of the bigger screen.
Adobe is promising Flash 10.1 is going to hit smartphones in the “first half” of this year as OTA update. Some tablets will get flash too, with accelerated performance on Nvidia’s Tegra 2, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and Freescale’s i.MX515. Unfortunately Android 2.1 is the minimum requirement.
SlashGear got some more details about Adam tablet. Two versions are considered for release, 12.9mm and 11.6mm, the thinner version probably will feature LCD panel instead of Pixel Qi.
nVidia estimates that tablets with LCD displays (consuming ~2W) using Tegra 2 will last for around 16 hours of full HD video. Since Pixel Qi uses just 0.2W in its electrophoretic reflective mode, potentially you can get up to 160 hours of use.
Notion Ink is planning to launch Adam with digital magazines, ebooks and comics. It will support Flash, which is huge advantage over Apple iPad. More information will be available at Mobile World Congress 2010 next week.
The company also will be running an Apps Competition, similar to Google’s ADC. No more details at this time, except over $1m prize fund.
Size: 250x160x15mm (9.8×6.3×0.6 inch).
Display: 10.1-inch TFT LCD.
Display Modes: Color (1024×600), Transflective, Reflective e-Ink.
Weight: 770gr (1.7 pounds).
Processor: nVidia TEGRA (ARM, ULP GeForce, 8 Cores).
HD Video: 1080p H.264 decode, 720 H.264 encode.
Cellular and Wireless: UMTS/HSDPA, GSM/EDGE, BT, Wi-Fi.
Locations: GPS, Digital Compass.
Connectors: HDMI, USB, 3.5mm in/out audio jacks.
Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient Light, Water.
Storage: 16GB or 32GB flash drive, SD card support.
Camera: 3 megapixels, rotatable at 180 degree.
Battery: 8 hours of HD video playback, 16 hours of WiFi browsing.
Great combination of nVidia Tegra and Pixel Qi display gives you a longer battery life and perfect screen for all lighting conditions. It looks like normal display indoor, under bright sun colors washed out but still present. When backlight is turned off, it works as e-Ink display – good for Maps and eBook apps and saves energy as well.
Notion Ink is planning to show this Android tablet at Las Vegas CES in January. Expected price is 15,000 rupees (~$320) at U.S., European and Indian markets in June 2010.
Another beautiful tablet with 7″ touchscreen and NVIDIA Tegra CPU. It comes with all features found in latest Android phones. T20 chip is capable to easily play 1080p videos. 1024×600 screen resolution seems too small for HD, but you can connect it to bigger screen with HDMI cable.
512 DDR / 512 NAND
186mm x 158mm x 18mm • Target weight < 600g
5.4 AH 3.9v Lithium Ion • Minimum 4hrs life fully charged
1.3 MP Web Cam • 4GB Internal SD (non removable)
Micro SD slot • USB 2.0 • 3.5mm Audio Jack • FM Radio
Accelerometer • Ambient light sensor • Dual digital microphones
Optional features: Capacitive screen • Cellular and 3G • GPS