Engadget reports that the 7-inch Wikipad gaming tablet has been approved by the FCC, meaning that it could be on shelves before the company's spring deadline. Wikipad Inc. revealed via Twitter at the beginning of April that the 7-inch model had gone into production, showing the first completed unit rolling off the production line. The company originally set the $249 price and "Spring" deadline back in February.
The user manual is located here, and confirms that the 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 manual also shows that the tablet features 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 apparently are not included.
To attach the controller, users slide the tablet into the slot at the top of the peripheral with the docking port at the bottom. To confirm a positive connection, users must turn the tablet on by holding down the power button for several seconds and then releasing. When the tablet is powered on and the controller is connected properly, the LED at the bottom center of the controller will glow BLUE.
We're hoping the Wikipad will make an appearance at E3 2013 in just a few weeks so we can get a little hands-on with the 7-inch gaming device.