Wikipad plans to start selling a $249 Android tablet designed for gaming this spring. And unlike the $499 model the company never delivered last year, it looks like the new 7 inch gaming tablet should be ready to go soon.

The first unit rolled off the production line today.

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The new Wikipad 7 sports an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, WiFi, and Bluetooth. It sounds a lot like a Google Nexus 7, but there are a few key differences.

First, the Wikipad will feature a gaming controller which surrounds the tablet, adding analog sticks, a D-Pad, and physical buttons.

Second, it has a microSD card. Third, (and this isn’t particularly a good thing), the Wikipad is expected to ship with Android 4.1, while Google’s tablet has Android 4.2.

Still, if you like the idea of gaming on a seven inch tablet, prefer physical buttons to on-screen controls, and aren’t interested in an Archos GamePad or JXD S7100, it’s nice to see that another option is on the way.


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2 replies on “Wikipad $249 Android gaming tablet enters production”

  1. I wish that had added a 32Gb option, like what happened to N7 after a while…

    Also, most high-end Android games require 5ooMb-1Gb, which this tablet should have around 11Gb free. Micro SD isn’t a good choice for games, and require rooting and hassel to switch to, plus, it support Max of 32Gb.

    Overall, I think I’m considering it, since it can be used easily for gaming, and then remove the controller for everyday usage.

    1. Yes, exactly, thank you. Whenever I see someone commenting that 8GB or even 16GB of internal storage is too restrictive, there are the inevitable replies from people wondering how anyone could ever need more space. I’ve got several games installed on my phone that each require an additional 1GB to 2GB of space for game files. I understand there are many ‘light’ phone users out there, but they always seem mystified when people complain of needing more storage space, as if it’s an absurd concern.

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