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Wikipad gaming tablet preorders commence, ships October 31

updated 12:23 am EDT, Fri September 7, 2012

Detachable controller, Tegra 3 processor improvements post-CES

A heavily changed version of the Wikipad gaming tablet is slated for release at Gamestop. The PlayStation Certified 10.1-inch tablet now sports a 1.4Ghz Tegra 3 processor with 1 GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage, and has a MicroSD slot for expansion. Most importantly, a deal signed with gaming service Gaikai is still being honored despite the streamer having been purchased by Sony.

"The tablet is optimized for the Gaikai platform, so we're expecting good things in the future" Wikipad company CEO James Bower told The Verge. He also mentioned that Gamestop is attempting to bring games from traditional game publishers to the Android 4.1 tablet.

A detachable controller peripheral with conventional analog sticks and a D-pad ships with the device -- the manufacturer claims it to be "perfectly balanced" for extended play sessions. The tablet itself weighs 1.24 pounds, and is 8.6mm at its thickest point. A 10.1-inch IPS screen provides 1280x800 resolution.

The Wikipad can be pre-ordered at GameStop stores for a relatively expensive $499. The tablet starts shipping on October 31.

by MacNN Staff



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