The WikiPad gaming tablet was launched in January during the 2012 CES. Back then, it was just an idea and there has not been so much anticipation on it because it did not look like anything different. Today, however, we can reveal that the 8 Inch gaming tablet has been through a number of changes – technical and cosmetic, and this may turn out a very intriguing tablet indeed. Today we have the spec sheet for the WikiPad Gaming tablet.
First, the WikiPad tablet is not an 8 inch tablet is not an 8 incher any more, it is a 10 inch tablet with an IPS touchscreen display, 1280 X 800 pixels resolution and a 16:10 aspect ratio. The screen’s diagonal size was altered but it appears the resolution was sacrificed from 1920 X 1080 – that is a big loss for gamers who expected dazzling graphics on HD games. Despite this though, the tablet still has 3D and HD capabilities for videos and games.
When it comes to speed, the WikiPad tablet/console does not give us anything we have never seen – but the specs are quite decent. It features a 1.4GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM and a 520MHz GPU. For a 3D capable tablet, I would expect at least 2GB of RAM to balance out the graphics requirements for games. But then, maybe this little sacrifice will keep the price of the tablet low. The tablet was initially planned to have 8GB inbuilt memory but this was changed to 16GB. It makes sense because gamers will need all the storage space they need. It is also likely that there may be an option for a 32GB version.
The other specs of the tablet are quite impressive too – an 8MP rear and a front 2MP cameras, a 23.46 Wh battery supposed to provide six hours of gaming experience and best of all – the tablet will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly bean operating system.
The tablet is light, weighing only 1.2lbs and only 0.33 inches. The tablet has a detachable controller onboard add-on that will be included with the tablet. This controller connects to the slate and looks a lot like the Xbox 360 controller. The controller has two triggers, analog sticks, two bumpers, four face buttons, some start and select buttons and a directional pad. The controllers are quite sleek and appropriately placed and designed although there is no way to tell the quality as of now.
Too bad WikiPad did not mention anything to do with the price or the release date. What we know though is that the tablet may be released sometime before the end of the year – most likely before the release of its direct competitor, the Ouya Android gaming console.