As history tells us, there’s many a slip between concept and completion—or prototype and production. Best example: Microsoft’s Courier, an innovative, well-hyped, folding, dual-screen, diary-like device, Windows tablet—that relied on stylus and handwriting recognition input—which was suddenly scrapped as recently as end-April.
India-born, Android-based Notion Ink Adam is in incubation. Still in prototype, Adam embeds a Tegra chip, a 10-inch colour energy-efficient LED backlit display from Pixel Qi, weighs 800g, supports Wi-Fi and 3G, charges via USB and is supposed to last 16 hours on a single charge. With no disclosures on manufacturing plans or launch date in sight, one can only wait.
Then there’s a 7-inch Freescale Semiconductors Tablet with a 1GHz processor, HD video, webcam, Wi-Fi, 3G, 4GB to 64GB of internal storage, and a MicroSD that demo-ed at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas this year. Again, no evidence of manufacturing out there yet.
Dell’s come out with a pocketable 5-inch Streak—with cellular-calling abilities—and insists on deluding itself that it’s a tablet. Yet it is as much one as the 4.3-inch HTC EVO, which categorizes itself as a mobile. Dell is working on two Android tablets—dubbed Streak 7 (7 inches) and Streak 10 (10 inches)—which may see the light of day by year-end or early 2011 and could give the iPad good competition. Motorola is also toying with the idea of making an Android tablet.