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.