Wikipad Android handheld revealed
Another contender in the Android gaming market has arrived, and it’s called the Wikipad…
Android’s gaming portfolio is growing at an impressive rate, and there are now quite a few hardware contenders that Google’s gaming fans will be able to pick from. As well as a mass of phones, there’s the Ouya console, Nvidia’s Project Shield, the Game Stick, and now the Wikipad.
The Wikipad is a 7-inch tablet designed for gaming, and features an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. The display is a 1280x800 IPS unit and the whole thing runs on Google’s Jelly Bean OS (4.1).
What sets this tablet apart from other units is the game contoller, which features traditional gaming controls such as dual analog sticks, d-pad and so on. This means that, unlike most other tablet alternatives, you don’t have to fumble around with dodgy touch screen controls, a definite boost for genres like FPS and one-on-one fighters.
The unit will also be compatible with the OnLive cloud gaming service, as well as Sony’s PlayStation Mobile, alongside Google Play, of course. This gives it a good selection of titles above and beyond its native Android -based games.
The unit, which has been scaled down a little from an initial target size of 10.1 inch, is expected to retail for around $250 when it arrives in the US in spring. At the time of writing, there are no current details for a release elsewhere, including the UK.