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Wikipad Now Only 7-inches in Size Instead of 10

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Good things come in small packages?

Back in September, GameStop announced that the $499 Android-powered Wikipad gaming tablet would be available through its stores and website on October 31. Around that date, Wikipad said that the tablet was being delayed due to 'necessary minor refinements' and 'a last minute opportunity to refine the Wikipad bundle.'

 

The company didn't get much more specific than that. However, apparently, Wikipad considers changing something like the screen size a minor refinement, as the company has done just that. Wikipad announced the change today, revealing that the 7-inch Wikipad would be hitting stores in the Spring.

"We wanted to get Wikipad into our community's hands and what we found was that the smaller 7o-inch form factor just seemed right,'" said Fraser Townley, President of Sales at Wikipad, Inc. "The smaller frame delivers an aggressive price while keeping the same amazing specs."

Screen aside, Wikipad retains the same specs as before. These include a quad-core Tegra 3 SoC clocked at 1.4 GHz, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, at least 16 GB of storage, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. What's more, Wikipad still has plans to release the 10-inch model that was talked about last year. It will just come after the 7-inch model.

Wikipad says that in addition to the new 7-inch form factor, refinements have been made to the dual-analog stick controller to ensure faster response times and a better overall gaming experience.

Nothing more specific than 'spring 2013' as far as a release date is concerned, but we do know that it will cost $249 when it launches. This is significantly less than $499 Wikipad price tag attached to the 10-inch model.

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    Anonymous , February 7, 2013 9:22 PM
    I thought Wikipedia was making a tablet.
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    Pgooch , February 7, 2013 8:48 PM
    Added
    to the consoles that crashed and burned...
  • 17 Hide
    Anonymous , February 7, 2013 9:22 PM
    I thought Wikipedia was making a tablet.
  • 6 Hide
    mademperor , February 7, 2013 9:51 PM
    The specs are pretty weak, especially for a gaming device. I think you'd be better off with a $199 Nexus 7 & a bluetooth gamepad to be honest.
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    esrever , February 7, 2013 9:53 PM
    Whats with companies thinking Tegra 3 is good to use in a gaming platform?
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    walter87 , February 7, 2013 11:22 PM
    The longer they delay this, the more it will flop. A dedicated portable 'mobile game' console is already a small niche market.

    When it will have to compete with Project Shield, its DOA depending on the Shield price.

    But already knowing the specs of the Shield, the Wikipad seems outdated
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    aragis , February 7, 2013 11:46 PM
    Wow, they sure are stubborn. The first Wikipad is a failure, this one will fail as well.
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    joytech22 , February 7, 2013 11:59 PM
    esreverWhats with companies thinking Tegra 3 is good to use in a gaming platform?


    It's a cheap-ish high performance SOC.
    There's really nothing wrong with it to be honest, if I was to categorize it I'd name it a moderately performing high-end SOC.
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    fnh , February 8, 2013 1:38 AM
    dustincb2I thought Wikipedia was making a tablet.


    I would have bought that.
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    eklipz330 , February 8, 2013 2:08 AM
    aragisWow, they sure are stubborn. The first Wikipad is a failure, this one will fail as well.

    what's great about this comment is that there was never a first one. they never released it because google announced the nexus 10 and apple the ipad 4
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    doive1231 , February 8, 2013 7:13 AM
    Wikipad games to include - Free Assange from the Chilean Embassy
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    doive1231 , February 8, 2013 7:16 AM
    It's an FPS and you have to free him from the Ecuadorian Embassy too.
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    dalauder , February 8, 2013 11:40 AM
    I'm confused: How come a single-use Tegra 3 Android device costs more than a multi-use Tegra 3 Android device? Gamestop should abandon that project before putting it into Mass production.
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    jacobdrj , February 11, 2013 12:05 PM
    TBH, this console looks good... But games need to be properly developed for it...
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    Anonymous , February 12, 2013 5:06 AM
    1GB Ram Still? seriously?

    By the time this is release the Tegra 4 with 2+GB tablet will be in develop and/or released already