Adam Pre-Order Coming Soon

Update:SlashGear is reporting that the Adam won’t ship before Christmas, but will be available by CES in early January. The difference between the 850 and 900 series models appears to be the type of 3G modem – one for the US, one for Europe.

While it wasn’t exactly 9:30 pm eastern time, the veil was dropped from the Adam teaser image and the words “Pre Order Now” were revealed. There was then a small disclaimer that details were forthcoming. Notion Ink has now shared some of the pre-order details.

First dibs on pre-orders go to those who commented on the blog in the past. There was a cutoff date for new posts, and as the chart supplied by Notion Ink shows, there was quite a spike in blog activity once the pre-pre-order was announced. The early option lasts only for 6 hours, then the rest of the world can join in. Those who are eligible for the earlier pre-order should be receiving an email with a special link.

Six different varieties of the Adam were developed. You can choose from the following options:

  • LCD (wi-fi only) – $375.33
  • LCD + 3G -900 series – $425.33
  • LCD + 3G -850 series – $425.33
  • Transflective (Wi-Fi only) – $499.45
  • Transflective + 3G -900 series – $549.99
  • Transflective + 3G -850 series – $549.99

As you can see, the Adam will range from roughly $375 to $550. It looks like the price is the same for 900 and 850 series, so I’m not sure what the major difference will be about. The prices will be the same in every country, making it a better bargain in some countries than in others. Notion Ink wants to target a global audience it says, and the single price point will help them achieve that goal.

Rather than providing a variety of colors, there is a thin strip on the Adam that is interchangeable for customization purposes. Otherwise, the Adam is matte black with a white strip.

Notion Ink also describes the OS as something slightly above standard Android. Many of the features coming in Gingerbread and Honeycomb were already built into the Adam. They think this will further encourage development since the device will enhance existing Android features.

The Adam certainly aims to be revolutionary. There is Old Testament language throughout the project, pointing to this being the beginning of something new. The Adam itself refers to the first man. Eden and Genesis are represented in the UI and app environments. The announcement post itself said “Let there be light” (Fiat Lux), albeit in Latin rather than Hebrew. They’re either really religious or they think this device is really important. If it succeeds, the Adam could really change the face of the e-Reader wars. We’ll have to wait and see. You can learn more about the Adam at notionink.com, though there is no pre-order information up yet.

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