It’s gone through a bit of a redesign to get here, but the Wikipad gaming tablet finally has pricing and release date information confirmed. Costing $249 (£158), the tablet will launch in territories across the globe, including the UK and US, in the Spring.
Shaving a few inches off the original 10-inch design to come in at 7-inches upon release, the Wikipad features physical hardware buttons in its design (including two analogue sticks, a D-Pad and X, Y, B, A buttons) for those games that just don’t feel quite right when played on a touchscreen.
Powered by a Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset and running Android Jelly Bean, the Wikipad’s IPS screen runs at 1280×800 resolution, with 16GB of internal storage to keep your games on as well as support for microSD storage expansion. A 2MP front facing camera for video calling is also onboard.
Plenty of app game stores are available to the Wikipad too, with games from the PlayStation Mobile and Nvidia Tegra Zone on sale through the tablet alongside the Google Play Store.
For those looking for a more traditional tablet experience, the Wikipad has you covered there too. The controller shell for the device can be detached from the tablet, leaving you with a more conventional tablet design. Those hoping for the 10-inch version needn’t give up on the WIkipad either, with the company expecting to release it around Christmas.
“Further to today’s announcement I can confirm that Wikipad will be available in many territories outside of the US, including of course the UK,” said Fraser Townley, President of Sales, Wikipad, Inc..
“We’ve had great feedback on the 7″ version and everyone who’s been hands-on with it can’t wait. So as soon as we have street dates and prices we’ll be the first to let everyone know”.
By Gerald Lynch | February 8th, 2013