Notion Ink's Atom is one of the next generation "tablet" style devices that will no doubt be compared head-to-head with Apple's iPad. First, a note to traditional media -- if we never read the phrase "iPad killer" it'll be too soon. We clear?

Second and that said, SlashGear shows off some renders and it looks like the Adam brings some interesting ideas with it.

the Android-based slate using the latest-gen NVIDIA Tegra chipset and Pixel Qi’s innovative low-power display.

Pixel Qi uses a tranflexive display that blends characteristics of LCD (or LED like the iPad) and e-ink (like the Amazon Kindle).

Apple did a lot of UI work to scale the iPhone OS for the iPad, so it will be interesting to see how a non-integrated OS/hardware company will be able to scale Android, and of course, there's iPad's iTunes ecosystem to contend with -- something even companies like Acer have said is a show-stopper.

We like competition, though, because we like Apple being competitive.