WikiPad Gaming Tablet Coming This Spring For $249by Jason Inofuentes on February 7, 2013 9:07 PM EST
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Gaming on Android has been a hot topic lately. Purpose built consoles and handhelds have been rolling out along with plenty of excellent games. The WikiPad, announced in 10-inch form previously, takes a middle ground. A 7-inch Tegra 3-powered tablet is paired with a handheld dock that features two analog sticks, directional pad, a quartet of front buttons, two shoulder buttons and two trigger buttons, along with a pair of speakers and a grippy, contoured design. The software side brings Jelly Bean along with NVIDIA's Tegra Zone, MadFinger's Dead Trigger and Shadowgun: Dead Zone and Distinctive Games' Hockey Nations Tournament. The WikiPad is also PlayStation Mobile Certified, giving it access to the handful of Sony's library of games that have been ported to the platform.
The tablet's specs bear a striking resemblance to Google's 7" tablet, and priced at $249 for the 16GB model it competes directly with the 32GB Nexus 7 or a 16GB Nexus 7 and a decent Bluetooth gamepad. No firm date for release was announced, and the 10-inch model is still in the works. That larger product had some manufacturing issues that presented a lengthy delay, and with the market moving smaller and cheaper the opportunity to bring out a smaller was too good to pass up. We'll see how thing work out come this Spring.
|Tablet Specification Comparison|
|Apple iPad mini||ASUS MeMO Pad (ME172V)||Google Nexus 7||WikiPad|
|Dimensions||200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm||196.2 x 119.2 x 11.2mm||198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm||
195.6 x 125.7 x 10.6mm (tablet)
286 x 145 x 65.3mm (tablet + dock)
|Display||7.85-inch 1024 x 768 IPS||7-inch 1024 x 600||7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS||7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS|
|Weight||308g (WiFi)||370g||340g (WiFi)||320g (tablet), 760g (tablet + dock)|
|Processor||1GHz Apple A5 (2 x Cortex A9, PowerVR SGX543MP2)||
VIA WM8950 (1GHz Cortex A9 + Mali-400)
1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 (T30L - 4 x Cortex A9)
1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 (T30L - 4 x Cortex A9)
|Connectivity||WiFi , Optional 4G LTE||WiFi||WiFi, Optional 3G||WiFi|
|Storage||16GB—64GB||8GB, 16GB + microSD slot||16GB, 32GB||16GB + microSD slot up to 32GB|
|Starting Price||$329||$149||$199 - 249||$249|
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thesavvymage - Friday, February 8, 2013 - linkInstead of making the tablet and housing, why not just make the housing fit a Nexus 7? Many people already own one, and anyone who does is NOT going to make this as a second purchase. I think they would sell a ton of controller housings if it were for the N7. Only advantage i see is the microsd slot
Visual - Friday, February 8, 2013 - link^ what he said.
Also, "Purpose built consoles and handhelds have been rolling out"... really? Cos I still can not buy neither a nVidia SHIELD nor a Razer Edge/Fiona anywhere...
And where I live, not even the Archos GamePad is being sold. Not that I would pay money for it, just saying.
nbgambler - Monday, February 11, 2013 - linkHe may have been referring to PS3, 360, PSP, etc....
daniel_p - Friday, February 8, 2013 - linkI don't know why, but i see this devices as a tough sell... i agree with guy who posted before, making the housing will be a better idea
brandonicus - Friday, February 8, 2013 - linkMaybe I am missing something, but where are all of these excellent games? Sure there are a few fun games on android, but most of them aren't even made for these kinds of controls. I can see NV's Shield idea of streaming games being a cool idea...but this...I don't know, maybe someone can point out some good games for me (besides emulators [which maybe that is what people will use this for?])
hfm - Friday, February 8, 2013 - linkWhy are they calling this "Wiki" pad... Wiki already has a totally different connotation, this has got to be the worst named product outside of some of Samsung's phones..
cfaalm - Sunday, February 10, 2013 - linkI'm actually saving my money for the wiki leaks. gaming pad
bdawg05 - Monday, February 11, 2013 - linkThis is the way of the future. With the exception of *cloud computing, MMO games have latency. That latency means you need a dedicated video card and that's about to become a reality with these devices. Add in Occulus Rift VR goggles. With this technology, you'll be able to be in a doctor's office, airport, or in the backseat of a car and fully immersed within the world which you hold in your hands. THAT is a powerful statement to make. I am already signed up for testing/development coding with the test kit that comes my way in April. The commercial version is still a ways out (no commercial release date yet), but when it comes to be, gaming tablets plus VR just got real. Encourage you to go check out Occulus Rift VR goggles and the future they present dedicated gamers.
*As mentioned in the beginning, Cloud Computing brings many people single player games and maybe even coop, but nothing player vs player or MMO that regards fast speeds from dedicated processors/video processes with dedicated video ram and slow latency.
firestarter - Thursday, June 6, 2013 - linkI agree completely Occulus Rift if it married this bad boy we would be nearer the grail -- I never wanted play games on my mums TV!
firestarter - Thursday, June 6, 2013 - linkI think stream from your PC to this Tablet use the HDMI out link it to the Occulus Rift heh presto thats very very cool bdawg05 I am with your wavelength