Notion Ink Android Smartpad With Pixel Qi Transflective Display


Another welcome addition to Android’s upcoming tablet portfolio – check out this new Android powered tablet/smartpad by Notion Ink (render below):

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This smartpad/tablet features some pretty nice spec’s including :

  • 10.1 inch screen {1024×600 Wide SVGA}
  • Supports 1080p HD video
  • USB & HDMI ports, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack & microphone input
  • Compass , GPS , Wi-Fi b/g , Bluetooth & Cellular {UMTS/HSDPA}
  • Accelerometer , proximity, water & ambient light sensor
  • 3 Mega-Pixel camera with Auto-Focus
  • Onboard storage will be 16GB or 32GB on an SSD {+ an SD slot}
  • nVIDIA Tegra chip

These spec’s are not bad at all but what is extra interesting is it’s display. Not only is the screen large with an anti-glare coating, fingerprint and scratch resistant but it also features a ‘Pixel Qi transflective display’. Ever heard of  that before? I hadn’t either – until now. Let me help explain what this is a little :

Basically under normal interior type lighting it  looks like a regular LCD , clear with all the screen colours etc. However when in direct sunlight this special screen can “reduce colour vibrancy” or it can give a type of grey-scale view similar to an E-ink panel (see image 3 below). This means that visibility can be increased in conditions where normal screens may be difficult to read. Ever taken your laptop or phone outside on a sunny day? Then you should know what it’s like. You’ll notice the screen becomes quite dark & slightly harder to read and you may try to block the sun on the screen to be able to view it properly. Have a peek of these pics courtesy of  Slashgear:

The yet unnamed device, also boasts 48 hours of battery standby juice, is good for 8 hours of HD video playback or 16 hours of WiFi-enabled browsing on Phandroid & Androidforums ;) Driven by the default Android UI (as of now), it is also supposedly capable of running three simultaneous 1080p videos with little frame loss. This and the battery length is very impressive if this is correct.

We should know more about the Notion Ink Smartpad/Tablet in January, when the gadget is expected to make its “in-the-flesh” début at The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show.

[Via Slashgear]

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  1. aahh the transflective display. it’s ok but don’t expect full colors. it’s one of the downfall of transflective. it’ll have a silvery tinge to it but even in direct sunlight you can see that sucker without straining your eyes. it’s been out for a while but the too expencive to implement in the pc world where cheap is what people want.
    wonder what the price is going to be on that sucker?

  2. Been looking forward to seeing these new pixel qi screens for ages! They are made by one of the people behind the original olpc project and are designed to be low cost and power efficient. A lot of people more knowledgable than me have been saying how good the screens are for a while.

  3. Hummm well it looks dandy….can’t wait to see

  4. It looks amazingly thin and includes hdmi and us ports? but how thin it looks doesn’t make me believe it does because its so thin but why hasn’t any one made a phone like this? my god those specs can make it awesome even if it had lame loser Android 1.5

  5. These photos don’t do justice to the true image capabilities of these screens. There are some youtube videos of Pixel Qi demonstrating their screens in an Acer netbook that had been modified by adding a switch to the lcd backlight, so that you can easily see the difference between backlit and nonbacklit mode.

    I hope Amazon is licensing these screens for their Kindle, or they will soon get their clocks cleaned.

  6. I am so waiting for this. Add on the software for Android, and it’ll be my perfect mid-range device. Reading e-books and rss feeds on the bus/train commute, taking notes in meetings, and my couch computer.

  7. It will be held back like all the other pixel qi technologies. You can’t buy anything manufactured by Pixel Qi in any product for less than 5000 us dollars right now. It have been promised for at least a year that we would see their screens start to show up in tech products and we see nothing. Promise of release in June?… I call B.S. Lots of hype and talk but they really do not have the ability to mass produce these screens yet and won’t for at least another year according to a couple of people that work for their group. They have some very cool large screen projects they have started too for outdoor displays!

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