Wikipad has announced it will be launching its new 7-inch gaming-focused model into the US on that day, with UK and global launches expected later in the northern summer.
The new tablet offers a twist on the gaming idea with a removable controller so it doesn’t have to look like a gaming tablet when you’re just want a normal tablet to… tablet with.
Basic specs are a 7-inch panel with 720p (1280×720-pixel) resolution, 16GB of on-board flash, expandable to 32Gb via MicroSD card slot.
It’ll run Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system and is expected to be powered by Nvidia’s older Tegra 3 quad-core Cortex A9 SoC with a custom 16-core GeForce GPU (graphics processing unit) to provide the gaming goodness. There’s also a front-facing 2MP camera available plus HDMI output to play games on a bigger screen.
Apart from Google Play games, the Wikipad will also be PlayStation Mobile-certified.
Wikipad has said the US price on launch will be $249 – there’s no word as yet on global/UK launch dates or pricing at time of publishing.
By way of comparison with Nvidia’s Shield, that device features a locked-in controller but a faster Tegra 4 quad-core CPU based on ARM’s Cortex A15 design and a much higher-performance 72-core GPU. The downside is Shield will cost you an extra $100.
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