It seems as though Wikipad and the folks at the company re a bit confused as to what they would like to do in regards to the gaming Android tablet they have been developing for what seems like forever and a day. Originally the Wikipad was not planned to be a 10" Android gaming tablet until the company announced that it would instead be a 10" gaming tablet. Now, Wikipad has announced that its Android gaming tablet will be a 7" one that will retail for $250.
The tablet, regardless of size, will still sport the side-mounted physical gaming controls and the hardware is the same for this 7" model as it was for the 10" model minus the screen size itself.
For those of you curious, here are the specs for this tablet:
- 7" screen running at 1280x800 resolution - Android 4.1 - Tegra 3 - 1GB RAM - 16GB storage along with microSD card slot - 4,100 mAh battery - 2MP front-camera
Interestingly enough, the physical controls look to have gotten a bit of a makeover as well and actually look much better and more functional then the older design. So why the change in size for the tablet again? Basically some flaws were found during production that couldn't be fixed and so the decision was made to go back to 7" in size.
So when can we expect to actually get our hands on a Wikipad? Well apparently we will be able to buy one for $250 sometime this Spring. Will that actually happen? We'll have to wait and see. You can check out the press release below for further details.
LOS ANGELES, CA – February 7, 2013 -- Wikipad Inc. today announced that its 7” Wikipad tablet will be available from leading retailers in spring 2013 at a launch price of $249. Wikipad combines the unrivaled gaming experience of a console with the functionality and portability of a premium tablet, thanks to its unique attachable game controller.
“We wanted to get Wikipad into our community’s hands and what we found was that the smaller 7” form factor just seemed right,’” said Fraser Townley, President of Sales, Wikipad, Inc. “The smaller frame delivers an aggressive price while keeping the same amazing specs.”
The 7” Wikipad possesses the same powerful product specs as the previously shown and forthcoming 10” version in a form factor that is even more portable and at a price point that is even more accessible to gamers everywhere. In addition to the new compact form factor, refinements have been made to the dual-analog stick controller to ensure lightning-fast response times and the best gaming experience possible.
Wikipad also announced the relaunch of its website that now includes a comprehensive support page that has dynamic links to social networks and technical forums.
Wikipad – Built for Gaming
The Wikipad is the only tablet to possess the unique combination of truly immersive video game experiences found in consoles with the functionality and portability of a tablet thanks to its award winning attachable dual-analog controller. It offers a premium 7" IPS screen, 16 GB memory with micro SD slot to support an additional 32 GB of storage, ultra-light and thin chassis, is powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core mobile processor and it is optimized for cloud gaming. With an aspect ratio of 16:10, the Wikipad tablet offers true widescreen HD display.
Consumers will have access to entertainment and videogame content from partners and services including PlayStation®Mobile, Big Fish Games®, TegraZone – NVIDIA's free app that showcases the best games optimized for the Tegra processor – Google Play™, OnLive and many others. When the gamepad controller is detached, Wikipad’s sleek design and full Android 4.1 Jelly Bean functionality make it a powerfully versatile device whether you are surfing the web, reading emails or enjoying films, music and apps at home or on the go.
AndrewH - Andrew is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DroidGamers. Having been a hardcore PC and console gamer all his life, this passion is now applied to Android gaming and writing about it. When not playing or writing about Android games, he spends his time with his son.