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Wikipad Announces Inexpensive Mobile Gaming Alternative to Razer Edge and NVIDIA Project SHIELD

Wikipad Announces Inexpensive Mobile Gaming Alternative to Razer Edge and NVIDIA Project SHIELD

The portable gaming market has been evolving briskly lately, as just a few weeks ago at CES 2013, we got our first hands-on look at both the Razer Edge gaming tablet and NVIDIA’s Project SHIELD mobile gaming device. Now there’s another kid on the block called the Wikipad.

The 7-inch tablet is similar to the aforementioned gaming devices in that it’s designed first and foremost for gaming and also has a controller attachment to give a more console-like experience. The Wikipad runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor (with 12-core GPU), 1280x800 (16:10) IPS display that supports 5-point touch input, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (with the customary 32GB microSD slot), 2MP front-facing camera, and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Wikipad

There’s also a 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and GPS on board, and I/O includes 3.5mm stereo headphone/mic jack, built-in stereo speakers, built-in mic, micro USB, and micro HDMI. The battery is a built-in 4100mAh lithium-polymer affair.

The most notable specification, however, is the price: the Wikipad will retail for a mere $249, which would be a good deal for the nicely-appointed tablet by itself, without the controller. However, that price includes the controller, and users will be able to access both casual and more intensive games from a number of sources including PlayStation Mobile, Big Fish Games, NVIDIA’s TegraZone, Google, OnLive, and more, and with the controller attachment removed, it’s a nicely appointed tablet on its own.

Wikipad

We’d heard about the Wikipad way back in May of last year (when it was slated to be a 10-inch device, which Wikipad scrapped in favor of the 7-inch form factor), but now that all the bugs have been worked out, the tablet will be coming to market this spring.
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Instead making a tablet and a housing, they should have just made the housing and have it take a nexus 7...

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That's...a really good idea, actually. Better patent that pronto!

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I like samwelaye's idea the best someone should just make an attachable joystick for 1-2'of the current most popular tablets. However I don't see this generation or the next few really taking off or replacing mainstream gaming but I definitely see these form factors replacing Nintendo DS and Wii/Wii U consoles see as those platforms also don't have much power to begin with. If my kid asked for a DS or Vita I would say "sorry son but no you are getting a wikipad because when you are done with you 1 hour of gaming a day you can still use it for media of homework and studying".

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