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Are Notion Ink's Adam tablets finally shipping?

Notion Ink says it is starting to ship its Adam tablets. Those who were expecting to receive the tablet next month should be getting it next week, the company announces.

The Adam tablet Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

Notion Ink's Adam tablet is starting to ship to U.S. and European customers, the company announced in a blog post yesterday.

According to Notion Ink, its tablet has received U.S. Federal Communications Commission approval and a CE marking from the European Union, thus paving the way for shipments. A search of the FCC's Web site reveals that the Adam has indeed gained clearance. In addition, the company said in its posting that those who have February ship dates will likely receive their tablets at the end of January.

But before anyone who has the device on preorder gets too excited, it's important to point out that Notion Ink has made a shipment promise in the past and not lived up to it. When the company started offering preorders in December, it said the device was expected to arrive in customers' homes around January 6.

The Notion Ink Adam is an impressive device in theory. The tablet boasts a 10.1-inch multitouch display and both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. It includes Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor and the Android operating system. The company is charging $375 for the Wi-Fi version with an LCD display. Its $549 model comes with 3G connectivity and Pixel Qi, which features both backlit LCD and e-ink display technology.

Even with those specs, it might be difficult for India-based Notion Ink to carve out a significant portion of the tablet space. An IDC report released yesterday asserts that Apple's iPad has more than 87 percent share in the worldwide tablet market. IDC expects 44.6 million tablets to ship in 2011, up from the 17 million that it believes hit store shelves in 2010.

CNET has made a number of requests to Notion Ink for a reviews unit. We're still waiting, though, so check back later for more details and insights.