$250 gamepad-equipped tablet launching June 11

Seven-inch Wikipad arriving on first day of E3 in the United States; release in UK to come later; status of 10-inch version unclear.


The $250 gamepad-equipped, Android-powered Wikipad tablet will launch in the United States on June 11, the first day of the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, developers announced today. A United Kingdom launch will follow later this summer.

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The Wikipad will be available through the company website, as well as via big-box retailers like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Tiger Direct.

"The launch of the Wikipad 7 tablet signals a transformative turning point in the direction of the mobile gaming industry," Wikipad Inc. chairman Matthew Joynes said in a statement. "Wikipad's tablet combines the latest range of features found in a premium Android tablet together with the unrivaled console video game experience only available with a gamepad."

The Wikipad was originally targeted to launch at GameStop on Halloween, but was later pushed back.

The Wikipad tablet features an attachable dual-analog controller and a 7-inch IPS touchscreen. The device comes with 16GB of memory with a micro SD slot to support an additional 32GB of storage. The Wikipad table boasts an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and is "optimized for cloud gaming."

The Wikipad will support games downloadable through PlayStation Mobile, Nvidia's Tegra Zone, Google Play, OnLive, and other forthcoming platforms.

No mention was made of the previously announced 10-inch Wikipad. In February, Wikipad revealed that the larger model remained in development, but was not the company's focus.

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