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Inexpensive Wikipad Gaming Tablet Debuts June 11th, Challenges Razer Edge and NVIDIA Project SHIELD

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News Posted: Tue, Jun 4 2013 11:53 AM
The Razer Edge and NVIDIA’s Project SHIELD aren’t the only handheld gaming tablets in the game; the Wikipad is making a push, and the $249 tablet will officially launch on June 11th.

The Wikipad adopts the same design concept as the Razer Edge, which is a tablet that snaps into a handheld controller that converts the whole thing into a portable console. The Wikipad is a 7-inch device (smaller than the 10-inch Razer Edge) and runs a quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC with 16GB of onboard storage (with a 32GB micro SD slot) and micro USB, HDMI out, a 2MP front camera, GPS, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is on board, and the 16:10 display supports 5-point multitouch. And of course, there’s the gamepad controller which includes two analog joysticks, a D-pad, four buttons, right and left bumpers, and right and left triggers. You can acquire games from Google Play, Sony, and NVIDIA’s TegraZone.

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The specifications are solid if not mind-blowing, but the $249 price tag is incredible. We’ll look forward to seeing if this thing can hack it for real.
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I forgot all about Razer Edge... Wonder how it sold?

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And all this plays is crappy Android phone games.

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PLowe replied on Tue, Jun 4 2013 4:52 PM

Why on earth would anyone buy this over Shield? Aging Tegra 3 processor versus shiny new Tegra 4...

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10basetom replied on Wed, Jun 5 2013 12:39 PM

You get this over the Shield because

1. you want to save $100

2. you want a bigger screen so you don't have to squint

3. you want something that you can convert into a mini tablet when you're not playing

If you have a Tegra 3 device, you'll know that most if not all games currently in the Tegra store work fine with it.

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