It may have taken a bit of time, some minor product changes, and a few hurdles, but the Wikipad is finally ready for its retail debut. The 7-inch gaming tablet experience will arrive on June 11 with a retail price of $249 in the United States; a global rollout is expected later this summer.
Built with mobile gaming in mind, the Wikipad features a 7-inch display, 16GB internal storage (microSD expansion), a front-facing 2-megapixel camera, and HDMI output. Powering things along is NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor and an NVIDIA GPU.
In terms of pre-loaded software, the Wikipad runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has access to Google Play Store, TegraZone, and even Sony’s PlayStation Mobile titles.
For those who don’t want to always be playing graphic-intense first-person-shooters, the gaming controller can be detached for a more traditional 7-inch tablet experience.
First retailers will be Wal-mart.com, Bestbuy.com and TigerDirect with additional retailers and launch dates for other markets outside the US coming after E3 wraps up.
WIKIPAD GAMING TABLET TO REDEFINE THE PORTABLE GAMING EXPERIENCE – AVAILABLE JUNE 11th, 2013 IN US
(LOS ANGELES, CA – June 4, 2013) — Wikipad, Inc. today announced its 7” Wikipad tablet will be available on June 11, 2013 at a retail price of $249 in the US, with an UK and global launch planned for this summer. Thanks to its award wining and patented interchangeable game controller, Wikipad redefines the mobile tablet experience bringing together the console quality experience with the functionality and portability of a premium tablet.
“The launch of the Wikipad 7 tablet signals a transformative turning point in the direction of the mobile gaming industry. Wikipad’s tablet combines the latest range of features found in a premium Android tablet together with the unrivaled console video game experience only available with a gamepad,” said Matthew Joynes, Chairman of Wikipad Inc.
“There is no other mobile device on the market that possesses Wikipad’s unique functionality and versatility and all available with full warranty and customer support at an entry level price point,” said Fraser Townley, President of Sales at Wikipad Inc.
The Wikipad is the only tablet to possess both the unique combination of a console quality gaming experience with the functionality and portability of a tablet thanks to its award-winning and patented detachable dual-analog controller. Wikipad offers a multi capacitive 7 inch touch screen, 16 GB memory with an additional micro SD slot to support a further 32 GB of storage, together with micro USB, GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope. The tablets ultra-light and thin chassis is powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core mobile processor that’s optimized for cloud gaming with a 12 core Nvidia GPU. With an aspect ratio of 16:10, a 2-mega-pixel front facing camera the Wikipad tablet offers true widescreen HD display and HDMI out.
Consumers will have instant access to entertainment and videogame content of over 700,000 apps from Google Play from Google Mobile Services, PlayStation®Mobile games from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., and TegraZone – NVIDIA’s free app that showcases the best games optimized for the Tegra processor. When the gamepad controller is detached, Wikipad’s sleek design and full Android 4.1 Jelly Bean functionality make it a powerfully versatile tablet for surﬁng the web, emailing, enjoying all the latest ﬁlms, books, magazines and music, conversing via Skype or experiencing the latest apps at home or on the go.
“PlayStation®Mobile is a global initiative to bring the PlayStation®-like game experiences to a wide-reaching community of tablet and smartphone gamers. We’re excited to bring PlayStation Mobile to the Wikipad tablet which provides a portable gaming experience that is fun and compelling,” said Ronald Schaffner, Director Business Development, and Sony Computer Entertainment America.
“Wikipad’s dual-analog gamepad controller transforms our mobile games such as the multiplayer Shadowgun: DeadZone and the action FPS Dead Trigger into entertaining AAA console-like experiences,” Tomas Slapota, Vice President, MADFINGER Games
We are excited to be a launch partner for the innovative Wikipad gaming tablet that provides a brand new platform for our cloud-based, interactive streaming product, Big Fish Instant Games,” said Jina Heverley, vice president and general manager of PC, Mac and Cloud for Big Fish. “Using the cloud-optimized Wikipad platform, casual game players will be delighted when they turn on their tablet to find more than 250 casual games from Big Fish available on their new device. The Wikipad is the perfect platform to introduce Big Fish games to a new, vibrant gaming audience.”
For a full list of retailers, product specs, a comprehensive support page, technical forums, retailers and video games that take full advantage of the Wikipad’s dual-analog stick controller, please visit: http://www.wikipad.com/
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