Wikipad – The First Android Gaming Tablet
Handheld gaming consoles have seemed to take over the world by storm and have been in contention since the last two decades or so. Recently we had posted about the OUYA which is the first Android Gaming Console. This time around the console experience has been shrunk into a 10 inch gaming Tablet called the “Wikipad”.
The Wikipad will have a 10.1-inch IPS display with 16:10 1,280 x 800 resolution. The actual tablet will weigh 560 grams and be just 8.6mm thick, making it one of the thinnest and lightest 10″ tablets ever, only slightly thicker than the iPad 2 and nearly 40 grams lighter. When the Wikipad was first shown at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, it was a 7″ tablet that was more similar in design to the Amazon Kindle Fire.
The final design model, which the company recently revealed will feature the NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of DDR2 RAM. For comparison, the recently released Nexus 7 uses the T30L, which is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with a 416MHz GPU (compared to 520MHz on the T30) and slower DDR2 RAM (667MHz vs. 1066MHz), and the ASUS Transformer Prime Infinity 700 and upcoming Ouya will use the more powerful T33, which clocks at 1.6GHz and has bandwidth for faster 1600MHz DDR3 RAM.
The tablet which will feature 16GB of internal storage would be running on Android 4.1 JellyBean and has a 23.46Wh battery which is capable of handling six hours of continuous gaming and eight hours of video playback which is relatively quite impressive for an Android device. Wikipad will also feature a built-in 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera.
The controller, which connects to the Wikipad from the bottom with a proprietary connector, is designed similar to the Xbox 360 controller, though according to the company there is little relation to Microsoft’s nearly seven-year-old design. The controller features two sets of triggers, bumpers, and analog sticks, as well as four face buttons, start, and select. The controller is also designed to cover the speakers and flow sound through acoustic tubes out the front grill for better audio performance. The controller also has a port to connect it to a power source on the back.
Now coming to the design, the Wikipad will have flat sides similar to the iPhone 4/4S instead of tapered edges. The rear panel will also have an elevated plastic lip designed for a better grip in any holding arrangement. This also enables the speakers on the back of the tablet to bounce off of any flat surface and deliver strong acoustics.
The release date for the Wikipad has not been disclosed as yet but according to the company’s president James Bower, the tablet would get released sometime this year. He also mentioned that later versions of the Wikipad would feature a 3D display for a true to life 3D gaming experience.
Will keep you guys informed as soon as we get another official word from the company.