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As a follow-up to the launch of its 10-inch gaming tablet in conjunction with Gamestop, Wikipad is taking the wraps off of its 7-inch offering today. The concept here is to have a powerful tablet that is also capable of being slotted into a proprietary controller case for added functionality. We're looking at the same specs as before, but that's not a bad thing -- Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 1280x800 IPS display, 16GB of storage (with microSD slot) and a front-facing camera. As for game support, the 7-inch Wikipad is running Android 4.1 with full Google Play access, NVIDIA's TegraZone and is also Playstation Certified. There will be no shortage of games available on this device.

While the device has the same controller layout and specs inside, the 7-inch model should be notably easier to carry around and use than was the 10-inch. The new, lower price should make some folks happy as well. The 10-inch retails for $499, but the 7-inch will be only $249, which is quite impressive. Wikipad says the new smaller tablet will be available at major retailers in the Spring, but no specific dates are given at this point.

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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.

For a full list of product specs, video games that take full advantage of the Wikipad’s dual-analog stick controller and a community support page, please visit: http://www.wikipad.com/  

 

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Wikipad 7-inch gaming tablet to launch this Spring for $249

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The 10" Wikipad is dead. Depending on which claim you believe, they either decided that nobody would spend $500 on it (duh), or some fairly major components of the 10" tablet ended up with an end-of-life date that was really soon. In either case, the 10" is no longer "forthcoming".

Yes, this does mean that various statements from Wikipad are contradictory.

Why do they feel they need to sell their version of a tablet with it, why not just sell the controller part for like $50 and let me use it with the tablet of my choice, like a nexus 7 or 10 or Asus or Samsung, etc.

Yeah a 10 inch is too big for a portable gaming pad with a big ass remote wrapped around it. 7" is a bit more reasonable and the price is right.. Now the only thing is will they keep the software up to date or will it stay on Jellybean forever??

Well my Nexus 7 handles any game I throw at it like a champ. 2GB would be more future proof though if any electronic can be.

I would love a 5" wikipad or something about Note 2 sized. 7" with the controller addon is still pretty big.

I don't know about that. Holding my N7 higher up like that actually feels more comfortable than holding it with your thumbs towards the bottom of the screen.

For all these different gampad-equiped devices coming out, I sure hope more games release with native gamepad support... ...that said, I sure wish more games would release with more novel control inputs than just a virtual D pad too. So I guess this is a double-edged sword.

-Suntan

If I were in the market for this type of device, this would be a pretty compelling choice along with the Archos GamePad. Both boast similar specs at comparable prices.

Why not?
It looks like gaming device, fork Nexus 7.
With HDMI-out, optional game controls (comfortable or not, it another question), with microSD card, which more comfortable for use, than cables, wi-fis, special software an differents computers.