Saturday, September 8, 2012

Good news … and bad news on the Wikipad

Wikipad New

We heard about this Android tablet gaming device thingamijig back in Jan 2012, and the good news is that it appears that its release date has now moved to real soon now status – October 31 2012, apparently: http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/6/3298781/gamestop-to-sell-wikipad-gaming-tablet-on-october-31st-for-499

The Wikipad has had quite a ride. In January, it was a small no-name Android 4.0 tablet with an unproven processor, a glasses-free 3D screen, an optional game controller attachment, and a sub-$250 price. Eight months later, the likes of Sony and Nvidia are backing a rather different Android 4.1 gaming slate that will retail at brick and mortar GameStop stores for $499.

Today, Wikipad is simultaneously announcing pre-orders for the tablet at that price, and revealing the final design: Now, it's a sleek black 10.1-inch slate that's just 8.6mm thin — one of the thinnest we've ever seen — and weighs less than 560 grams, or a pound and a quarter or so. Now, it comes standard with a detachable set of game controls, which the company claims are balanced just right. The 1280 x 800 IPS LCD screen is driven by a 1.4GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB of storage, with a microSD slot for expansion.

The bad news? While the specs look pretty impressive, so does the RRP of USD $499 … and it looks like sometime between January and now, the Glasses Free 3d Screen this was supposed to sport has turned into vapour.

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