Wikipad, Inc. announced today that its Wikipad gaming tablet will launch in the U.S. on June 11th. It will initially be available through Walmart, Best Buy and TigerDirect.com for $249. A UK and worldwide launch is planned for later this summer.
The Wikipad, which was originally slated for release last fall, offers a 7” touch screen, 16 GB of storage, micro SD and USB slots, accelerometer, and gyroscope. It also comes with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, true widescreen HD, and HDMI out capabilities.
The Wikipad tablet runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and comes with a removable game controller. Users will have access to games from the Google Play, PlayStation Mobile, and NVIDIA’s TegraZone libraries. The price is $100 less than another game-focused Android portable, The Nvidia Shield, slated to launch later this year, though there are some key technical differences.
The Wikipad has a Tegra 3 processor. The Shield has a Tegra 4. The Wikipad’s display is seven inches compared to the Shield’s five. Both come with 16 GB of internal flash memory and are expandable via Micro SD, and both support Jelly Bean. The tradeoff seems to be size versus processor power.