Wikipad

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Wikipad
Wikipad Logo, small, Sept 2012.jpg
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The first model of Wikipad tablet with game controller attached
Developer Wikipad, Inc.
Type Tablet
Release date June 11, 2013 (2013-06-11)
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 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 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 with the mission to bring console fidelity gaming control to the tablet and smartphone market with the aim of propelling console quality games to mobile and improving the graphics of smartphones and tablets.

Overview[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.[2] In May 2012, Gaikai, a Cloud gaming service which Sony acquired a month later in June 2012, partnered with Wikipad, Inc. to integrate its streaming service to the tablet.[3] On September 26, 2012, Wikipad's president of sales, Fraser Townsley, said that mobile and cloud gaming streaming service would be the new norm and replace the present structures around game buying.[4] 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.

Wikipad announced Gamevice for ODM manufacturers to bring mobile console gaming to all OS platforms for smartphones and tablets.,[5] and 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.[6]

The Wikipad features an included detachable controller with standard controller D-pad, triggers, buttons and dual analog sticks.[7] The controller is a dock that allows the tablet to slide in and lock, so the device retains the form factor of a standard tablet.[8] Wikipad recently announced that any STEAM game would be available via ONLIVE allowing PC streaming to Android Tablets. In July 2014 OUYA announced a partnership with Wikipad enabling all the Ouya games to be accessible on the Wikipad platform.

Hardware[edit]

Wikipad
Price: US$199 (Launch price: $250)
SoC: Nvidia Tegra 3 T30S[9]
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) [10]
Battery 4100 mAh, 8 average use time [11]
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, compared to its much larger competitors HP, Samsung, and Dell.[citation needed]

Eurogamer praised the design and open nature, but noted the lack of compelling Android games and launch price.[12]

An aggregation of reviews done by Engadget shows the average review score of the Wikipad to be 59/100.[13] 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. ^ McGlaun, Shane (2012-05-03). "WikiPad Android tablet gets Gaikai game streaming and more". TG Daily. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  2. ^ WikiPad ties up glasses-free 3D with games controls all in a happy Android ICS package
  3. ^ Tweet (2012-05-02). "Gaikai partners with Wikipad tablet | GamesIndustry International". Gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  4. ^ OnLive and Gaikai functionality still on board for Wikipad
  5. ^ Robert Nelson. "Wikipad Gamevice controller teased for Android and Windows 8". SlashGear. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Wikipad drops to $199 in the U.S., adds game control mapping tool". Android Central. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Features". Wikipad. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  8. ^ "Wikipad announces detachable mobile controller, Gamevice". Polygon. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  9. ^ "Specs Revealed for Tegra 3 Armed Cloud Gaming Wikipad". tegrazone.com. 
  10. ^ Kevin Parrish. "Wikipad Gaming Tablet Now in Production". Tomshardware.com. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  11. ^ Sawh, Michael (2013-08-29). "Wikipad 7: Performance, Battery Life and Verdict". Trustedreviews.com. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  12. ^ McFerran, Damien (2013-09-15). "Wikipad review •". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  13. ^ "WikiPad 7-inch review". Engadget. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 

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