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Wikipad 7 to Finally Go On Sale Next Week

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The Wikipad 7 will cost $249, cheaper than Nvidia's Tegra 4-charged Shield.

Wikipad Inc. said that its 7 inch Android gaming tablet will finally go on sale next week, June 11, for $249 in the United States. The tablet will also be available for a hands-on demonstration at E3 2013 in Los Angeles, located in the mobile area of Sony's PlayStation booth showcasing games from PlayStation Mobile. A UK and global launch is planned for this summer.

"The launch of the Wikipad 7 tablet signals a transformative turning point in the direction of the mobile gaming industry. Wikipad’s tablet combines the latest range of features found in a premium Android tablet together with the unrivaled console video game experience only available with a gamepad," said Matthew Joynes, Chairman of Wikipad Inc.

Wikipad will be jam-packed full of gaming goodness, featuring mainstream Android titles listed on Google Play, Sony exclusives on PlayStation Mobile, and Tegra 3-optimized games sifted from the Google Play collective in Nvidia's Tegra Zone app. Throw in Google Mobile Services, and owners have instant access to over 700,000 entertainment and gaming apps.

The upcoming Wikipad 7 Android tablet packs Nvidia's Tegra 3 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.4 GHz, 1 GB of DDR3 RAM, 16 GB of storage, an SD card slot for 32 GB of extra storage, a front-facing 2 MP camera, and dual-band Wireless-N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The 7-inch IPS screen provides full 5-point multi-touch functionality and a default resolution of 1280 x 800 (16:10 ratio), powered by Google's Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" OS.

The tablet also includes a micro-HDMI port that allows gamers to pump the action straight to their HDTV. Other hardware features include a 3-axis accelerometer, an e-Compass, GPS (including GLONASS), built-in stereo speakers, a built-in microphone, a 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack and a microphone mini-jack.

With the controller attached, the Wikipad measures 11.26 (W) x 5.71 (H) x 2.57 (D) inches, and weighs 1.23 pounds – 0.71 pounds without the controller. This attachment provides everything you need to get your Android game on, including analog sticks, directional buttons, and a few others – shoulder buttons are not included.

"PlayStation Mobile is a global initiative to bring the PlayStation-like game experiences to a wide-reaching community of tablet and smartphone gamers. We’re excited to bring PlayStation Mobile to the Wikipad tablet which provides a portable gaming experience that is fun and compelling," said Ronald Scha­ner, Director Business Development, Sony Computer Entertainment America.

The Wikipad 7 will actually cost $100 less than Nvidia's Shield Android-based handheld which is slated to ship by the end of June for $349 USD. It ditches the tablet form factor by cramming a 5 inch capacitive multi-touch screen into the top of an Xbox 360-like controller. It will be based on the newer Tegra 4 SoC and feature two built-in speakers, Wireless-N connectivity, HDMI output, a microUSB port, a microSD card slot, 32 GB of internal storage and 2 GB of RAM. The OS of choice is a pure Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" experience: no forked robot here.

We've scheduled time for some hands-on with both the Wikipad 7 and the Nvidia Shield handheld next week during E3 2013, so stay tuned.

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    ipwn3r456 , June 8, 2013 12:29 PM
    Of course it should be cheaper, since it's using Tegra 3 instead of Tegra 4...
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    bigpoppastuke , June 8, 2013 12:31 PM
    PC game streaming with next to zero latency is all we want. Just give it to us without all the proprietary garbage.
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    theLiminator , June 8, 2013 12:47 PM
    Sounds like a better tablet than the nexus 7 except for the fact that it's not a nexus. If it launches bug free and without hardware defects, it's gonna be a big winner.
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    theLiminator , June 8, 2013 12:59 PM
    Sounds like a better tablet than the nexus 7 except for the fact that it's not a nexus. If it launches bug free and without hardware defects, it's gonna be a big winner.
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    Spooderman , June 8, 2013 3:45 PM
    I don't know why people want PC streaming. If I wanted to play a game with a controller I would get one with a USB port and sit on my bed, which is about the same distance that zero-latency streaming would reach. I play PC because I like keyboard and mouse and I don't want to play on a controller anyway.
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    Larry Bob , June 8, 2013 3:51 PM
    Is it just me or does it just look like a standard tablet with a gamepad dock?
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    DarkSable , June 8, 2013 9:51 PM
    That's fine, but the reason to buy a Shield is for the game streaming, not the android games.
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    DarkSable , June 8, 2013 9:53 PM
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    I don't know why people want PC streaming. If I wanted to play a game with a controller I would get one with a USB port and sit on my bed, which is about the same distance that zero-latency streaming would reach. I play PC because I like keyboard and mouse and I don't want to play on a controller anyway.


    I'm also a PC gamer for the sake of having a keyboard and mouse. However, I have a couple gamepads, for when friends come over, or for things like racing games; one of the few genres where a gamepad is a much better form of controller.

    You're absolutely wrong about the streaming, though. It works through your local area network, so it'll perform the same if you're on your bed or 30 feet away from your computer.
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    lpedraja2002 , June 9, 2013 12:13 AM
    You can also play while taking a dump. That would alone be worth the price... Well maybe not but you get the idea. As long as you're in good signal range from your router you're good to game anywhere!
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    somebodyspecial , June 9, 2013 2:36 AM
    For games that I don't use a keyboard/mouse on I want PC streaming. One less reason to even look at a console for me. Android games out of the house isn't bad either. Wifi so I can browse at mcdonalds etc not bad either. It has all android apps. Shield is better for me not to mention T4. Worth $100 right there. Far better games with 6x the gpu power not to mention cpu power.
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    Larry Bob , June 9, 2013 4:51 AM
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    I didn't know a Smart car cost $5k.
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    vider , June 9, 2013 12:19 PM
    All of these hypes, are just that, a hype. Most of these products won't last enough to make an impact. Just another piece of Garbage. Google glass is the way to go, when Google introduced the glasses, they've changed the game for the whole industry. Why would I want to spend my ca$h on this under-rated device, when in about two years (or a little bit more then that) from now, Google Play market will have games equivalent (in production, designe and quality) to the ones on the PC. I won't need a controller either as everything will be done with my head, eyes, and eye lids. Gaming will be different.
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    DarkSable , June 9, 2013 12:29 PM
    Well that was amusing.

    Vider, do you honestly think that in two years, not only is Glass going to be powerful enough to play games, but those games will be AAA productions?

    It takes two years to MAKE those games, and Glass is a woefully underpowered gadget that, even if it could play games, could only do so for a few minutes before running out of battery.

    So let's say that you do have this "perfect glass" with an infinite power source, and you're playing, I dunno, CoD. You're going to be in so much pain it wouldn't even be funny. Look at the headsets made for gaming right now - they rely on small twitches in the forehead to predict your moves, and even those cause severe eye strain. Now imagine what you're saying. Our eyes aren't designed to be active participants; they're designed to be passive observers.
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    mclovits , June 9, 2013 7:45 PM
    Too bad they went with Tegra. I have a 1.7GHz Tegra 3 chip in my HTC One X+ and it can't play any demanding games with lagging and eventually overheating.
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    somebodyspecial , June 10, 2013 12:39 AM
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    Too bad they went with Tegra. I have a 1.7GHz Tegra 3 chip in my HTC One X+ and it can't play any demanding games with lagging and eventually overheating.


    Hard to believe this without tons of complaints, and this is in a huge tablet format not a phone. Also it may be a die shrunk version. T4 is the same die size as T3 and it is running in a gamepad at 1.9. You couldn't sell them there if they all overheated right? I'm not saying T3 is fast, but Tomshardware used that phone for their TEGRA Zone review article in Jan and had no complaints.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-tegra-android,3371.html
    Having said that, I can't wait until all of these T3 devices get upgraded to at least T4i which has no heat issues (it's designed for phones) and still has 5x the gpu and faster cpu (upgraded A9's and clocked higher up to 2.3ghz). Ouya revs yearly as I suspect shield will too etc. So ouya probably running T4i (due to cost so cheap) or T4 next year, hopefully wikipad etc will too.
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    mclovits , June 10, 2013 1:17 AM
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    Too bad they went with Tegra. I have a 1.7GHz Tegra 3 chip in my HTC One X+ and it can't play any demanding games with lagging and eventually overheating.


    Hard to believe this without tons of complaints, and this is in a huge tablet format not a phone. Also it may be a die shrunk version. T4 is the same die size as T3 and it is running in a gamepad at 1.9. You couldn't sell them there if they all overheated right? I'm not saying T3 is fast, but Tomshardware used that phone for their TEGRA Zone review article in Jan and had no complaints.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-tegra-android,3371.html
    Having said that, I can't wait until all of these T3 devices get upgraded to at least T4i which has no heat issues (it's designed for phones) and still has 5x the gpu and faster cpu (upgraded A9's and clocked higher up to 2.3ghz). Ouya revs yearly as I suspect shield will too etc. So ouya probably running T4i (due to cost so cheap) or T4 next year, hopefully wikipad etc will too.

    Ya I would hope that some of the new devices perform a bit better. It's all due to the gpu and cpu clocks being synchronized to conserve power. Rooting is a good ways round this but it's very hard for beginners to android like me. Hopefully Tegra 4 will have independent processors in that respect. But, coming from experience (and this is now my second one x+) any demanding game (even hillclimb racing at times, with sound on) lags terribly and heats up the phone like crazy.

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    g00fysmiley , June 10, 2013 4:42 AM
    i was so excted abotu this a year ago... now... meh if spending the money go shield
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , June 10, 2013 10:07 AM
    They should have put at least 2 gigs of RAM in it before calling it a gaming tablet. And the CPU is now outdated. Not a bad concept, but likely doomed to fail due to weak application.
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    somebodyspecial , June 12, 2013 7:23 AM
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    Too bad they went with Tegra. I have a 1.7GHz Tegra 3 chip in my HTC One X+ and it can't play any demanding games with lagging and eventually overheating.


    Hard to believe this without tons of complaints, and this is in a huge tablet format not a phone. Also it may be a die shrunk version. T4 is the same die size as T3 and it is running in a gamepad at 1.9. You couldn't sell them there if they all overheated right? I'm not saying T3 is fast, but Tomshardware used that phone for their TEGRA Zone review article in Jan and had no complaints.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-tegra-android,3371.html
    Having said that, I can't wait until all of these T3 devices get upgraded to at least T4i which has no heat issues (it's designed for phones) and still has 5x the gpu and faster cpu (upgraded A9's and clocked higher up to 2.3ghz). Ouya revs yearly as I suspect shield will too etc. So ouya probably running T4i (due to cost so cheap) or T4 next year, hopefully wikipad etc will too.

    Ya I would hope that some of the new devices perform a bit better. It's all due to the gpu and cpu clocks being synchronized to conserve power. Rooting is a good ways round this but it's very hard for beginners to android like me. Hopefully Tegra 4 will have independent processors in that respect. But, coming from experience (and this is now my second one x+) any demanding game (even hillclimb racing at times, with sound on) lags terribly and heats up the phone like crazy.



    On 2nd one still heating issues? Do you have a bad one again (HTC QA suck?)? I looked up hill climb racing on googleplay and that is not what I'd call demanding of T3 at all.
    http://www.tegrazone.com/games
    Every game on Tegrazone should play fine considering these are all made T3 and T2 and nothing yet aimed at T4 (as the game specs pages show on tegrazone). The heating is odd, and makes me think they gave you a bad refurb too. T3+ is in the ONE X+ and is better thermals than T3 regular (should be or I think it's bad). Toms had no issue in 12 or so games when testing that model. I hope you can get that fixed still under warranty or something, it sounds defunct. You should be able to point out a game and say it's malfunctioning as these are Tegra games and should play fine.

    Maybe these would be considered a bit taxing :) 
    Ignore the comments throughout the post, it was to someone else last month (I keep posting the list when someone says android gaming sucks...LOL).

    Demon Score (square enix)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.demonsgp&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5zcXVhcmVfZW5peC5kZW1vbnNncCJd

    Wild Blood
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftWBHM&feature=related_apps

    Note the unreal engine 3 is just kicking off on mobile, a lot more in the pipe. Also Real Boxing and Hawken (hawken is coming, NV showed it running on T4 already).

    Modern Combat 1-4:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftM4HM&feature=more_from_developer

    Make sure you up the video to 1080p... It rocks. This is PRE-T4. These are made for current crap T3 etc...OLD, some even T2 games below.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftM3HM&feature=related_apps#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwOSwiY29tLmdhbWVsb2Z0LmFuZHJvaWQuQU5NUC5HbG9mdE0zSE0iXQ..

    Eternity Warriors 2 (1-5mil installs in the last 30 days...wow):
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glu.ewarriors2&feature=more_from_developer#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwMiwiY29tLmdsdS5ld2FycmlvcnMyIl0.
    WOW, no, there will be no good games on tablets/phones etc. :) 

    Iron Man 3 (impressive to say the least)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftIMHM&feature=related_apps

    Frontline Commando
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glu.flcn_new&feature=more_from_developer#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwMiwiY29tLmdsdS5mbGNuX25ldyJd

    Nova 3 (nova 1 & 2 aren't bad either)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftN3HM&feature=more_from_developer

    Dark Knight Rises:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftKRHM&feature=more_from_developer

    Gangstar Rio
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftG4HM&feature=related_apps

    Shadowgun (still think tablets are crap?)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.madfingergames.shadowgun_thd&feature=related_apps

    Bard's Tale (hey, isn't this a CONSOLE game...LOL)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.inxile.BardTale&feature=related_apps

    ArmA2: Firing Range (not impressive, but this was 2011...LOL)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bistudio.a2fr&feature=more_from_developer#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwMiwiY29tLmJpc3R1ZGlvLmEyZnIiXQ..

    Again for Tegra2...
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.slitherine.gbm&feature=also_installed#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwNCwiY29tLnNsaXRoZXJpbmUuZ2JtIl0.

    Renaissance Blood
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Bridea.NC.THD.RenaissanceBlood&feature=related_apps

    Zombie Driver THD
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exor.ZombieDriver&feature=also_installed#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwNCwiY29tLmV4b3IuWm9tYmllRHJpdmVyIl0.

    Chaos Rings 1 & 2:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.chaosrings2gp&feature=related_apps#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwOSwiY29tLnNxdWFyZV9lbml4LmNoYW9zcmluZ3MyZ3AiXQ..
    Please realize it's in english when you buy it...LOL

    Blazing Souls Accelate:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hyperdevbox.blazingsouls&feature=more_from_developer#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwMiwiY29tLmh5cGVyZGV2Ym94LmJsYXppbmdzb3VscyJd


    Final Fantasy 3 in 3d (2006 game but on current handhelds)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.FFIII_GP&feature=more_from_developer#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwMiwiY29tLnNxdWFyZV9lbml4LmFuZHJvaWRfZ29vZ2xlcGxheS5GRklJSV9HUCJd

    Amazing Spiderman:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftAMHM&feature=related_apps#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwOSwiY29tLmdhbWVsb2Z0LmFuZHJvaWQuQU5NUC5HbG9mdEFNSE0iXQ..

    Need for Speed Most Wanted:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.games.nfs13_row&feature=related_apps#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwOSwiY29tLmVhLmdhbWVzLm5mczEzX3JvdyJd

    Asphalt 7
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftA7HM&feature=more_from_developer#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwMiwiY29tLmdhbWVsb2Z0LmFuZHJvaWQuQU5NUC5HbG9mdEE3SE0iXQ..

    COD Black Ops Zombie game...Who knew?
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.atv.blackops&feature=related_apps#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwOSwiY29tLmF0di5ibGFja29wcyJd


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    somebodyspecial , June 12, 2013 7:29 AM
    mclovits,

    Since you are playing a driving game, check out zombie driver hd, which is made for Tegra. It's in the list and the entire screen is moving the whole time, far more taxing than your game. I just watched the movie again, it's pretty nice. You would have to have some kind of problem to be taxed by hill climb. They are massively different. It's a fast game too. Good luck.

    OK, just watched the vid on your game...A lot of movement but no comparison in textures and effects (and a lot of solid colors/backgrounds in yours). I still think you have some issue in the phone.
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