In September, we published a post about the new Gaming tablet from Wikipad which was scheduled for launch yesterday (you can read it here). The tablet with its own detachable game controller seemed like a great device for the gamers out there and had quite a good specs sheet too – including a 1.4 GHz Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM (initially 1 GB) and many had pre-ordered it via the GameStop website. The bad news is that Wikipad has pushed forward the launch and release dates indefinitely (yes, we have no idea when) reason being they are making some enhancements that are supposed to improve the user’s experience.
According to the two paragraph message announcing the postponement, the Wikipad Team is ‘relentlessly working with manufacturers and partners’ with the aim of make the ‘perfect Wikipad bundle’ and ensure that the product is ‘the best tablet and entertainment experience at launch’. The company says that the last minute chance to improve the Wikipad bundle and make some minor refinements will ensure that customers are completely satisfied with the end product.
In light with this statement, we can only assume that the improvements and ‘minor refinements’ are software-related because it would be too late at this moment to be making any hardware modifications to the tablet that was scheduled for release today. To compensate those buyers who had pre-ordered the gaming tablet as of yesterday October 31st, the Wikipad team says it will deliver a ‘refined product’ and will include upgraded bundles as well as special bonus gifts with pre-orders.
We can only keep guessing what the enhancements and the minor refinements are, but from the look of things, the tablet will come with better specs or features than it was originally planned. The new features, which will come free to those who pre-ordered the tablet, may include software and hardware updates or could be the inclusion of out-of-the-box games. The tablet is also no longer available for pre-order at the GameStop website where it was originally available for $499.
The last time the Wikipad tablet made the news, its specs had been improved from 1 GB to 2 GB RAM but it had the original NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.4 GHz processor, detachable game controller, 16 GB onboard memory (with a choice of 32 GB) but with a microSD card slot that supports up to 32 GB memory expansion.
Those who have been eagerly waiting for the tablet will be disappointed, but on the flipside, they will get a bonus when the company eventually starts shipping the tablets. What is disappointing though is that Wikipad did not make this announcement in time, waiting till material day when users start complaining of not receiving their shipments to make a statement – and not giving an alternate date or timeframe – makes it even worse. For now, we just have to wait for more news from the company. Meanwhile, have a look at the specs sheet and vent your frustrations on the comments section below.
Processor: Quad-core 1.4 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Display: 10.1 inch 1,280 x 800 IPS display
Memory: 1 (or 2) GB RAM, Choice of 16 GB and 32 GB internal memory with microSD card slot up to 32 GB
Cameras: 8 megapixels rear, 2 megapixels front cameras
Colors: Silver and Black
Battery: 23.46 watt-hour