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Notion Ink CAIN 2-in-1 first impressions: where mobility and productivity go hand in hand

|September 19 2014 |Tablets, tablet, Windows 8

“The device offers great functionality with its portable size while the powerful hardware promises better productivity as well”

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As a device maker Notion Ink has always been ahead of the curve owing to its designs which turn out to be quite interesting and offer a break from the monotony offered by others. After a couple of successful products to its name, Notion Ink has announced the launch of a  new product, a 2-in-1 solution as the company likes to call it. Named Cain, this 2-in-1 ultraportable offers the benefit of mobility along with powerful productivity in a comfortable form factor that even the smallest of notebooks fail to offer. We got a chance to go hands on with the Notion Ink Cain at the launch event that took place in Delhi, and here our first impressions. 

Although many reasons can be attributed to the name of this new device (Cain), but after Adam and Cain, the only name missing from Notion Ink’s portfolio is Eve, which was also found in the wild as a concept phone. Nevertheless, as a company, Notion Ink has been really innovative on designing of its devices and we have seen this with the Adam I and Adam II. The same carries on with the Cain as well. The device has been tastefully designed with the use of materials, which include both plastic and metal. However, the use of metal is restricted only to the back of the device.

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On the front, the device features a flush finish with a single hardware feather-touch key being provided as the windows key. The front of the device is protected with the use of a glass-based surface protector on which the company has pre-installed a scratch guard for protection against scratches and accidental knocks. All the ports have been placed on the left side of the device and include a full-sized USB 3.0 port and a mini-USB port supporting USB peripherals. Along with these, the device offers an audio jack and a mini HDMI port  as well for connectivity with bigger displays.

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For control the device, uses four hardware keys in total out of which one has been provided on the front as the Windows key while two more keys which work as the volume rocker have been placed on top alongside the stereo speakers and the last key acts as the power/standby key which has been placed on the left. The right side of the device houses ports for the memory card as well as the special slot for the Ultra stick. The latter is a 3G cellular modem equivalent which has been specially designed for use with the Cain and supports both 2G as well as 3G networks but only for data connectivity.

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The tablet comes preloaded with Windows 8.1 and offers full functionality and access to applications and programs. Additionally the tablet also comes with a swap warranty, which means that if the product goes bad, the same would be replaced by the company until the warranty periods is on.

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As per the hardware specifications, the device features a 10.1-inch display with 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution and has support for up to 10 fingers for multi-touch. To power the device up, the company has relied on the latest Intel Bay Trail quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz and has paired it with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.

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For more memory, users can install a microSD card in the provided slot, which can accommodate up to 128GB of additional storage. For imagery, the device offers a 2-megapixel unit both on the back as well as on the front.

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For the asking price of Rs 19,999, the company is providing the Cain tablet along with the docking keyboard, a protective cover and a wireless mouse for those who do not like to use a touchpad. The quality of the cover is top-notch while the tablet latches on to the cover via powerful magnets and a custom connectivity port.

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The cover also doubles up as the stand for the device and makes usage easy. Overall, the device looks neat and offers a great deal of functionality to the users. However, these are just our first impressions of the device and we will be bringing a more in-depth review of the Notion Ink Cain in the coming days. 



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