Most of the Android devices come with touch screens, which is great because you don’t really need physical buttons to use them. However, when it comes to playing games the physical controls are more practical. Wikipad has come with a solution to please both sides. The company just announced a Gaming tablet that will be sold with a set of game controls attached to it. The controls can be removed, which will leave you with a regular 7-inch tablet with a Tegra 3 chip. People will be able to buy the whole gadget for $250.
Leaving the physical controls aside, the tablet itself will sport a 7-inch IPS display with a pixel resolution of 1280 x 800, a Tegra 3 chip, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded via a microSD card that can be up to 32GB, and will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Also, the device will feature a MP front-facing camera and a decent 4100mAh battery.
When you attach the gaming buttons, the tablet looks kind of similar to the Wii U tablet, but the difference is that it runs Android 4.1 (which is a good thing, running an up-to-date operating system). The OS is very similar to the vanilla Android, and the good news is that it comes with PlayStation certification, giving you the possibility to use its controls while playing games you actually like.
Wikipad had bigger plans than this as it initially wanted to launch another version of the gaming tablet, this time a 10-incher, but it seems that the company experienced a set of problems with the controller and took the decision to delay the shipments until the necessary improvements are done. It looks like the fault was not of the design team because, even though the company hasn’t specified the nature of the problem, it was impossible to discover before the production started. However, Wikipad took advantage of the delay, and decided to develop a tablet with a smaller display, which, of course, comes with a lower price tag.
We don’t know if Wikipad’s tablet will be able to rival the Nexus 7 or other similar devices. It might be a great success as many users are looking for a tablet with actual buttons. On the other hand, Android OS is mainly meant for touch screen devices and most app developers are sticking to this idea. If the company manages to get enough software for its tablet, it might have a good chance on the market.