Wikipad, the gaming-focused Android tablet, first showed up on our radar at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. The device caught our tech-eye and remained unique due to its gaming angle. The hardware specs of the device were abundantly disclosed recently in an interview with Venturebeat.
The Wikipad uses a 1.4GHz NVIDIATegra 3 T30 quad-core CPU to power itself. The pad has 1 GB of DDR2 RAM (which might increase) and at least 16GB of onboard storage will be available on the stock product. The device is said to be launching with the latest Android OS namely, 4.1 Jelly Bean. Other mentionable components are the cameras, and yes Wikipad has 2 of them. The rear facing camera is clocked at 8-megapixels and the front one at 2-megapixels.
The hardware specs are not as awe-inducing as we would have liked (more RAM would have been a plus). The real twist is the included gamepad dock peripheral, which basically makes the pad into an enlarged handheld gaming device. The beauty of the dock is that it won’t bring hindrance on any of the ports or speakers, so if you want, it can stay on forever.
The screen is another major issue with a quality gaming device. The 10.1 inch IPS display which is capable of delivering 1280×800 resolution is adequate but again, not revolutionary. Originally the display was touted as 3D-without-glasses screen but according to the latest info, they have replaced it with a 2D one. To be honest, we really don’t dig 3D on our handhelds that much (we are looking at you 3DS). The battery life is a make-it or break-it deal in a device made for gaming, and the wikipad ensures 6 hours of gameplay time and 8 hours of video playback.
The controller peripheral remained the same with bumpers, triggers, analogue joysticks, directional keys, 4 face keys and start/select buttons. What is not known is how they will integrate with existing games. The device weighs 560 grams (around 1.2 pounds) which reminds us that it is still a 10″ tablet, not a bloated PSvita. The price and release date are still unknown, but the intention is to release it before Christmas. We will be keeping tabs on any hardware changes and release dates.