Remember the Adam II? It was teased earlier this year and now Bangalore-based Notion Ink has put the second-generation Adam on sale. The Wi-Fi-only Adam II is priced at Rs 16,499, while the cellular version with 3G support has been priced at Rs 18,999. Notion Ink is also giving discounts as part of the launch phase.

The Notion Ink Adam II comes with a 1.5 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, which is a slight bump up from the Tegra 2 processor ticking under the first Adam. There’s a Quad-core Mali 400 GPU which is good enough to run most Android games. The rest of the specs are not that much of an improvement over the older tablet. The 1GB of RAM is the same as the predecessor, and Notion Ink has even retained the 10.1-inch display, though the resolution is slightly higher at 1280×800 pixels. The company had earlier said it didn’t want to go for a full HD display to keep power consumption down and the price low.

Notion Ink's Adam II with the 'spine display'

Notion Ink's Adam II with the 'spine display'

But the unique feature of the Adam II is a secondary display on the top edge of the tablet. This display notification from various apps and alerts and looks quite like a live book spine. It does add a bit of cool factor to what would otherwise be a plain tablet. Instead of the 3.2-megapixel swivel camera that was used on the Adam, there are 3.15MP, cameras on both the back and front with 720p video recording. Notion Ink has managed to cram 1.0W dual front facing speakers so audio output should be quite good on this tablet.

Unfortunately for Notion Ink, these specs remind us of mid-range tablets that were launched last year, and as more and more tablets launch with quad-core CPUs and a lower price (see the 2012 Nexus 7), Notion Ink might be entering a market chock-ful of options with a slightly weak offering. Another point of criticism could be the low 8GB internal storage, even though the option to use a microSD card slot is present.

In terms of connectivity, there’s Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support, Bluetooth 4.0, and micro USB 2.0 with OTG support. There’s even a mini HDMI port for easier interfacing with second screens. Thankfully, unlike the Adam’s Froyo software, this one will launch with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, with the customisations not taking too much away from the stock look of the OS. The 6000 mAh battery comes with a touted battery life of 10 hours, which sounds quite good to us.

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