Sep, 06 2012

I’ve had mixed feelings on the Wikipad ever since it was ann0unced earlier this year. As a 10.1-inch tablet with a slew of impressive specs (Tegra 3 processor, 720p IPS display, 1GB of RAM, microSD slot), the only part about the tab that really made it special was a gamepad-like dock — and even that could have easily been manufactured for some other successful Android tab (maybe not cuz really, there are none).

As the gaming tablet has matured, it’s just now starting to come into its own (much like OUYA). Today, the Wikipad peoples showed off their final design, announcing that the tablet is now officially up for pre-order at GameStop stores nationwide and will be launching October 31st for $500.

Gamestop will further back the tablet by negotiating deals with “traditional” game publishers to bring exclusive content to the new platform. Sony has expressed their excitement for the tablet knighting the device with “PlayStation Certification” and will even bring their revitalized Gaikai streaming service — to be announced at a later date — to the Wikipad.

Still, with a seemingly bright future ahead of it, it’s tough to say if consumers will bite. The Wikipad has a lot of well established competition being offered at a much lower price. Where you can argue that the Wikipad can do more than those devices thanks to the power of Android, it will still be primarily marketed as a gaming device. What do you guys think? Any Android gamers out there? Would you guys consider picking up a Wikipad? If not, what would it take to make you pull out your wallet?

[Forbes]

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