GameStop to launch WikiPad, a 10.1 inch Android tablet for gamers

A boon for tablet gamers, GameStop is releasing the WikiPad – a 10.1 inch, Tegra 3, Android 4.1 tablet with a HD IPS display. While the price might stall a few people – a fairly hefty $499 – the allure of the gamer tablet is sure to send people like me into enough of a frenzy to dip into our bank accounts and find exactly how much ramen we’ll have to eat over the next few weeks to save up for this tablet. The best part? This is one of the tablets that is approved for use with PlayStation Mobile, among other software supporters, meaning it should be able to play Playstation games that are available on Android.

The tablet with its awesome looking detachable game controller is going to be released on none other than Halloween, October 31st. I will be one of those gamers standing infront of GameSpot, waiting for the store to open so I can get my hands a Wikipad.

Detailed tech specs for the Wikipad are shown below, followed by a link to its official website.

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Processor, nVidia Tegra 3 T30s (1.4GHz Quad-core)
Operating System, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Display, 10.1” (diagonal) LCD (1280×800) 16:10 ratio wide-view panel + capacitive multi-touch screen (supports 10-point gesture) + scratch-resistant Gorilla® glass screen
Connectivity, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
RAM, 1GB DDR2
Internal Storage, 16GB with microSD support up to 32GB
Sensors, 3-axis accelerometer + ambient light sensor + e-compass + gyroscope
Input/Output, Docking connector port + 3.5mm stereo headphone minijack + built-in stereo speakers + microphone + micro USB connector
Camera, Front 2-megapixel + back 8-megapixel (autofocus + flash)
Battery, Built-in 23.46 watt-hour rechargable lithium-polymer battery + up to 8 hrs watching video + charging via power adapter (included)
Dimensions, 10.34 inches (262.6 mm) x 6.91 inches (175.4 mm) x 0.34 inch (8.6 mm)
Weight, 1.23 pounds (560 g)
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Official WikiPad website

[via AndroidCentral]

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2 comments

  1. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @Mike: My guess is there are already many third-party accessories that do that… they just aren’t very good at it.
    Plus, you have to keep in mind it is all about the games. It isn’t that easily to simply use physical controls on games that are intended for use by touch.

  2. Mike

    Very nice innovation, and I can see dedicated gamer-types forking out the big cash for this.

    On the other hand, how about producing some gamer “shells” for popular devices, such as the new Amazon Fires?