Notion Ink Adam delayed until this November
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it looks like the Notion Ink Adam has further been delayed. The new expected launch day is just before Thanksgiving of this year. According to an email sent by Notion Ink co-founder Rohan Shravan to a concerned fan of the product, Notion Ink has just closed a new round of investors. Normally that would be great news, but in this case it appears the investors want to sit on the Adam until a closer holiday release.
From the email (screencap here):
We just closed the final round of investment. What investors bought was money, distribution networks and experience. But they also bought the step by step procedures and experience on how we should launch.
I am sad to say that I have to fight every day with them to launch by July end, but they want us to hit markets only near Thanksgiving.
It appears, at least by Shravan’s email, that the Adam was ready for a July launch, but new investors delayed it to make the Adam a more appealing holiday buy. That’s a shame. We know the Adam was already delayed due to the troubles NVIDIA had getting their Tegra 2 processor out to developers, but now to have another delay — this time greed induced — is almost more than we can take. We’ve been singing the Adam’s praises since seeing it at CES, but now, along with a lot of Notion Ink faithful, our interest and desire is starting to wane.
The point is this: while we think that the Adam is an extremely well designed and engineered tablet, it’s not the only game in town anymore. The things that set the Adam apart — namely the Pixel Qi 3Qi screen and Tegra 2 processor — aren’t all that uncommon anymore. Evidently Shravan himself is in Taiwan, which coincidentally is where Computex is currently being held, yet Notion Ink has no products on display at the show.
We say coincidentally because Taiwan is also where the Adam is being manufactured. In a post made on the Notion Ink blog a few days ago, Shravan pleaded with the faithful to remain patient: “I am leaving for Taiwan and getting good news for all of you. Just a little more patience! Some thing to drool on!”
We sure hope it’s some good news, but at this point it may be a case of too little, too late.
Update: Notion Ink has updated the status of the Adam along with some new development information. Still, there’s no official word on when the release date is. Only that it’s “on track.” On track for what though, we wonder?