Wikipad

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Wikipad
Wikipad Logo, small, Sept 2012.jpg
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The Wikipad tablet with game controller attached
Developer Wikipad, Inc.
Type Tablet
Release date 11 June 2013
Introductory price US$249
Operating system Android 4.2.2
CPU 1.4 GHZ Nvidia Tegra 3 T30S quad-core
Storage 1GB internal, 16GB flash, microSD expandable up to 32GB,
Display 7" IPS panel touchscreen, 1280x800 resolution, 16:10 ratio, scratch-resistant Gorilla® glass screen[citation needed]
Graphics 12-core GeForce ULP GPU
Controller input Detachable
Connectivity Broadcom Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0
Online services Google Play, PlayStation Mobile

Wikipad is a Los Angeles, US based tablet and tablet peripherals manufacturer specializing in gaming products marketed to gamers. Their debut product was the Wikipad 7, a proprietary Android tablet hardware engineered for mobile gaming. Marketed as a video gaming tablet it features an attachable gamepad, and is powered by a quad core Nvidia Tegra. The tablet uses the Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, shipping as a Google certified product which allows access to the Google Play marketplace for applications and media.

The tablet is one of only two Sony PlayStation certified tablets. Wikipad is marketed for playing games designed for the Android platform, as well for utilizing game streaming services such as Onlive, PlayStation Now, and Steam for PC games.[1] The tablet itself also functions as a standard tablet and in specification is markedly similar in all aspects to the Google Nexus 7, the specification difference is that the Wikipad has upgradeable side loading storage, and HDMI out.

Wikipad was founded by James Bower, Brendan Iribe (CEO of Oculus VR) and Matthew Joynes to bring console fidelity gaming control to the tablet market.

History[edit]

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 10, 2012, the Wikipad was shown with both a 2D and a 3D a glasses-free 3D-enabled device, although 3D is no longer mentioned on Wikipad's website. It originally had an 8" screen with 8GB flash memory, while now it has become 10.1" and 16GB instead.[2] It also originally had an unknown 1.2 GHz CPU, while now it is a 1.4 GHz Nvidia Tegra Quad Core. The price was announced at US$249,[3] Wikipad was originally cited for an October 2012 release, but this was pushed back until 2013 as the company continued refining it in preparation for release and settled on a 7" inch form factor pivoting away from a more expensive 10" inch version and keeping to its initial price promise.

In May 2012, Gaikai, a Cloud gaming service which Sony acquired only a month later in June 2012, partnered with Wikipad, Inc. to integrate its streaming service to the tablet.[4]

On September 6, 2012, Wikipad came to the press with an all-new design, new logo, and the final announcements of the specs, as well as the release date of October 31.[5] On September 26, 2012, Wikipad's president of sales, Fraser Townsley, said that mobile and cloud gaming streaming service would be the new normal and replace the present structures around game buying and herald reduced cost of ownership and opening up the gaming market to a global casual customer.[6] On its original launch day, Wikipad was delayed due to 'minor refinement' and last-minute tweaks.[7] Wikipad eventually launched successfully in 2013 at a price of $249 with the same specifications as the 10 inch tablet but in a 7 inch form factor.

On February 2013, Wikipad was revamped and featured a 7 inch screen instead of the original 10.1 inch screen. The Wikipad was announced to the market on the 11th June 2013 on the eve of E3 convention in Los Angeles with deliveries set for November 2013. The Wikipad specs offer a multi capacitive 7 inch touch screen, 16 GB memory with an additional micro SD slot to support a further 32 GB of storage, together with micro USB, GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope.[8]

On January 3, 2014, Wikipad announced Gamevice for ODM manufacturers to bring mobile console gaming to all OS platforms for smartphones and tablets.[9]

On March 2014 Wikipad dropped the price to $199, and announced a Game Mapper tool to automatically map all touch screen controls to the included hardware, allowing such games as FIFA 14 (EA), Mortal Kombat (Gameloft) and Call of Duty (Activision) to be played using the integrated controller.[10]

Controller[edit]

The Wikipad features an included detachable controller with standard controller D-pad, triggers, buttons and dual analog sticks.[11] The controller is a dock that allows the tablet to slide in and lock, preventing it from falling out while in use. Keeping the physical controls separate means the device retains the form factor of a standard tablet. In 2014 Wikipad distributed a press release announcing a new product range of accessories called GAMEVICE, a detachable cross platform controller for the Google Nexus 7, Microsoft Surface and other tablets.[12]

Software[edit]

The Wikipad has been updated to Android 4.2.2, and is both Google Mobile Services and PlayStation Mobile certified.[13] It incorporates an automatic game mapping program to allow for the use of included hardware with games and applications that may not be designed with it in mind.

Hardware[edit]

Wikipad
Price: US$199 (Launch price: $250)
SoC: Nvidia Tegra 3 T30S[14]
CPU: Quad-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore (ARMv7-A architecture)

NEON Advanced SIMD extensions and VFPv3 floating point unit

GPU: Nvidia GeForce ULP @ 520 MHz

Hardware 1080p MPEG-4 AVC/h.264 40 Mbit/s High-Profile, VC1-AP, and DivX 5/6 video decode

Screen 7 inch touchscreen IPS LCD, 1280 x 800 (216 ppi)
Memory (RAM): 1 GiB
Ports: 1 microUSB, 1 Micro HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack
Internal storage: 16 GB eMMC flash memory
Networking and Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
Sensors: 2 megapixel front camera, ambient light, compass/magnetometer, accelerometer
Size: 11.26 x 5.71 x 2.57 in (controller attached)
Weight: 1.68 pounds (controller attached), 0.71 (tablet only) [15]
Battery 4100 mAh, 8 average use time [16]
Operating system: Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean) shipped with Android 4.1

Reception[edit]

The Wikipad was given a 4 and 5 star rating by Consumer Tablet Reports in 2013 placing the tablet in the best buy category, beating out its much larger rivals HP, Samsung, and Dell.[citation needed]

Eurogamer praised the design and open nature, but noted the lack of compelling Android games and launch price.[17]

An aggregation of reviews done by Engadget shows the average review score of the Wikipad to be 59/100.[18] Most reviewers praised the concept of a tablet built for gaming, and the ability to remove the controls was well received. While the design of the tablet was generally viewed as positive, many found the build quality to be lacking. Due to the delays in manufacturing, the Tegra 3 processor was also viewed as "last-get" compared to the newer Tegra chipset Nvidia had announced before the final launch of the Wikipad, in the end the Tegra 4 release was ultimately delayed and Nvidia apologized to Tegra 3 OEM.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tgdaily.com/consumer-electronics-brief/63155-wikipad-android-tablet-gets-gaikai-game-streaming-and-more
  2. ^ WikiPad ties up glasses-free 3D with games controls all in a happy Android ICS package
  3. ^ WikiPad pitches glasses-free 3D : hands on (update)
  4. ^ Tweet (2012-05-02). "Gaikai partners with Wikipad tablet | GamesIndustry International". Gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  5. ^ Wikipad announced the fastest tablet for gaming ever.
  6. ^ OnLive and Gaikai functionality still on board for Wikipad
  7. ^ Brown, Rich (2012-11-02). "Wikipad delayed for last-minute tweaks | Tablets - CNET Reviews". Reviews.cnet.com. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  8. ^ Buckley, Sean (2013-02-07). "Wikipad in miniature: 7-inch gaming tablet to debut in spring for $249, 10.1-inch sees further delay". Engadget.com. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  9. ^ http://www.slashgear.com/wikipad-gamevice-controller-teased-for-android-and-windows-8-03310883/
  10. ^ http://www.androidcentral.com/wikipad-drops-199-us-adds-game-control-mapping-tool
  11. ^ "Features". Wikipad. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  12. ^ http://www.polygon.com/2014/1/3/5269804/wikipad-gamevice-detachable-mobile-controller
  13. ^ Poeter, Damon (2012-09-07). "Wikipad Gaming Tablet Headed to GameStop | News & Opinion". PCMag.com. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  14. ^ "Specs Revealed for Tegra 3 Armed Cloud Gaming Wikipad". tegrazone.com. 
  15. ^ http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Wikipad-Nexus-7-Production-Android-Gaming-Tegra-3,21870.html
  16. ^ http://www.trustedreviews.com/wikipad-7_Tablet_review_performance-battery-life-and-verdict_Page-3
  17. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-wikipad-review
  18. ^ http://www.engadget.com/products/wikipad/7-inch/

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