It’s not often you see such a bold project as the Wikipad tablet go as far as the production stages, but when it does it is certainly worth of a decent cover story. It all started with a strangely named tablet and a desire to make the first gaming orientated Android tablet. The only real downside of the idea was that it only had the background of GameStop and not a major name in the tablet world.
Fortunately, the popular gaming store managed to spark interest in its upcoming product with its many innovations as well as a pretty decent spec sheet for its Wikipad. As any respectable new Android tablet, the Wikipad would have to be able the latest games with no lag at all, and the question about the control methods would surely come into mind for this kind of device.
After a closer inspection of the device we can say without a doubt that the Wikipad is the most interesting Android device so far, as it spots a PSP like control mechanism as well as a large screen with the added functionality of the touchscreen. As far as the spec sheet goes, the Wikipad will be powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 CPU that will be helped by 1 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage as well as the usual connectivity options plus a fancy stereo set of speakers. It will also pack a beefy 23.46 Wh battery alongside that 10 inches wide HD screen.
The unique features of the Wikipad only know come into focus, as it will basically be a tablet offered with a gaming attachment, which will be very similar to any PS3 controller. Of course, only powerful hardware would not quite cut it for a tablet these days, so GameStop has also packed Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on board of its Wikipad and a couple of certifications that will surely appeals to any gamers out there: PlayStation certification, Gaikai platform optimization and of course access to the Tegra games. As if these were not enough, GameStop also announced that the Wikipad will also have access to “exclusive full-length” games from its maker. Although these exclusive tiles are still elusive it surely sounds good keeping in mind that we are talking about one of the biggest gaming retailer out there.
The only problems of the Wikipad lie in its price and availability. While I am sure that most gamers out there will be willing to pay a premium price for such a gaming accessory, $499 does sound like a lot of money spent for what is basically a bigger brother of the Google Nexus 7. I suppose that this is the part where a major manufacturer would have played a key role in the pricing of the device. It is also though that this will be the price for the 16 GB version.
As far as the availability is concerned, the Wikipad can already be pre ordered at any GameStop store, but it will only ship starting with the last day of October.
It will be interesting to see how this particular gaming tablet will fare against the competition, especially since companies like Archos have announced cheaper version in the form of the GamePad and Qoya. As far as we know, the GameStop Wikipad will be in a niche of its own, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing because if you recall, the Samsung Galaxy Note started the same way.