Android has improved vastly in a number of areas in recent times. One of those areas of improvement is gaming with releases such as Asphalt 8 going some way to showing the capabilities of the latest incantations and the devices that they run on.
Well, after the less than well received Archos Gamepad comes the Wikipad.
This 7″ gaming device is all set to reach UK shores on 27th September and will cost £249.99
Specs include a 7″ multi touch display, 16GB onboard storage, microSD card slot with support for cards of up to 32GB, NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor, 2MP front camera and HDMI out. Full access to the usual Google apps and Google Play is of course included.
The USP however has to be the patented detachable dual-analog controller which is linked via USB.
How well the Wikipad will sell is open to debate as the competition is hotting up as the launch of the new Nexus 7 has shown.
WIKIPAD, THE TABLET MADE FOR GAMES, TO LAND IN THE UK ON SEPTEMBER 27TH
Following its successful launch in the US, UK gamers are the next to benefit from the Wikipad’s unique blend of high-end 7″ tablet and precisiongaming controller
(LOS ANGELES, CA and LONDON, UK – 28 August, 2013) — Wikipad, Inc. (www.wikipad.com) today announced its 7″ Wikipad tablet will be available to UK consumers on September 27th, 2013 at a retail price of £249.99 / €299.99. Thanks to its patented, detachable dual-analog controller, Wikipad is the only tablet to combine a console-quality gaming experience with the power and portability of a premium Android tablet. The Wikipad will be available from a number of well-known retailers at launch via its official distribution partner MSE.
The Wikipad offers a multi-capacitive touchscreen, 16 GB onboard memory (with an additional micro SD slot to support a further 32 GB ofstorage) together with micro USB, GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope. Its ultra-light and thin chassis is powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core mobile processor that’s optimised for Cloud gaming with a 12 core Nvidia GPU. With an aspect ratio of 16:10, and a 2-megapixel front facing camera, the Wikipad tablet offers true widescreen HD display and HDMI out.
Its lightweight controller is connected via micro USB for maximum responsiveness, and its ergonomic design mirrors the very best gamepads onthe market with double analog sticks, and its action, trigger, and bumper buttons have been designed and tested to suit all hand sizes.
“Using 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,” said Tomas Slapota, Vice President of MADFINGER Games.
The Wikipad sports a true widescreen HD 7 inch touchscreen display on an ultra-light and thin chassis with a non-slip ridge that provides enhanced grip for left and right-handed users alike. Video, music, pictures, documents and games can be saved in its 16 GB memory, withanadditional micro SD slot to support a further 32 GB of storage. The controller and the expandable memory aren’t the only unique features that set Wikipad apart from other tablets; it also offers an HDMI output to connect to TV screen and can render 3D games on the fly and push a 3D signal to 3D TVs.
“This UK launch is a significant milestone for Wikipad, as it represents the growth of the Wikipad’s fanbase beyond the US and outwards to the millions of gamers who love to play games on their mobiles but are looking for a better experience than other tablets can give them,” said Fraser Townley, President of Sales at Wikipad Inc. “Our retail partners in the UK are as excited as we are at the potential for Wikipad to offer a real alternative for consumers and gamers who want the power of a premium Android tablet combined with the superior experience of a dedicatedgaming device.”
UK consumers will have instant access to over 700,000 business, entertainment and games apps from the Google Play store, PlayStation® Mobile games from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., and TegraZone – NVIDIA’s free app that showcases the best games optimized for the Tegra processor. A list of controller-compatible games is available on the official website at wkipad.com/games.
“PlayStation® Mobile is a global initiative to bring the PlayStation®-like game experiences to a wide-reaching community of tablet and smartphonegamers” said Ronald Schaffner, Director Business Development, and Sony Computer Entertainment America. “We’re excited to bring PlayStation® Mobile to the Wikipad tablet to provide a portable gaming experience that’s fun and compelling.
For a full list of retailers, product specs, a comprehensive support page, technical forums, and information on titles that take full advantage of the Wikipad’s dual-analog stick controller, visit www.wikipad.com, become a fan at facebook.com/wikipad, or follow on Twitter at @wikipadinc.