The Wikipad tablet with the game controller inserted
|Release date||11 June 2013|
|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" touchscreen, 1080p HD, 1280x800 resolution, 16:10 ratio, scratch-resistant Gorilla® glass screen|
|Graphics||12-core NVIDIA GPU|
|Connectivity||broadcom Wi-Fi, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0,|
Wikipad is a privately held US based tablet and tablet peripherals manufacturer specializing in products specifically marketed to gamers and uses the tag line "Work Hard Play Hard". Wikipad was founded by Matthew Joynes, Brendan Iribe (CEO of Occulus Rift) and James Bower in January 2012 with Fraser Townley as its President to bring console gaming to the tablet market after a first generation prototype was shown at at the Consumer Electronics Show that same year which lit up the press. The Wikipad 7 is an enterprise and video gaming tablet, running Android (4.2.2 ) produced by the independent Los Angeles-based company, Wikipad, Inc. Handheld prototypes were first shown at CES 2012 in January with the final product hitting shops in the UK accompanied by a well received TV in campaign December 2013 initiating its global roll out. The Wikipad 7 is also available in the Middle East and USA but presently in the USA online only at Amazon, Walmart and Bestbuy. The tablet is a high end enterprise tablet and is the only tablet to embrace console gaming with its proprietary game mapping software (converting all touch games to console) and with its patented detachable controller with Xbox 360-style dual-analog sticks, D-pad, triggers, and bumpers The Wikipad was recognized by Consumer Tablet Reports in 2013 with a 4 star and 5 star rating, placing the tablet in the Best Buy category beating out its much larger rivals HP, Samsung, and Dell.
The Wikipad is capable of accessing 400,000 games from the Google Play library, as well as original PlayStation titles via PlayStation Mobile, and the latest PC games streamed from Sony PlayStation Now previously Gaikai and Onlive. The latest version of the tablet debuted at USD $249. The Wikipad tablet has a 7" touch screen, NVIDIA Tegra mobile processor with quad-core CPU and 5th battery-saver core and high-performance 12-core NVIDIA GPU, built-in 16GB flash memory with MicroSD slot that supports up to 32GB, and has a 2MP front camera. It comes pre loaded with game mapper software functionality allowing all touch screen games to be mapped to the gamepad bringing higher quality console style games to the tablet for the first time. It also has numerous games preloaded out of the box.
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. 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, 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.
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. 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. On its original launch day, Wikipad was delayed due to 'minor refinement' and last-minute tweaks. 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. The tablets ultra-light and thin chassis is powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core mobile processor that's optimized for cloud gaming with a 12 core Nvidia GPU. With an aspect ratio of 16:10, scratch resistant military grade glass, two stereo speakers to the rear and a 2-mega-pixel front facing camera.The Wikipad tablet offers true widescreen HD display and a micro HDMI out.Consumers have instant access to entertainment and videogame content of over 700,000 apps from Google Play from Google Mobile Services, PlayStation®Mobile games from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., and TegraZone – NVIDIA's free app that showcases the best games optimized for the Tegra processor. When the gamepad controller is detached, Wikipad’s design and full Android 4.2.2 make it a versatile tablet for accessing the web, and emailing. Features also include multi-media access to ﬁlms, books, magazines and music. The unit all offers Skype usability, Netflix and all the standard media offering expected of a high end tablet. The Wikipad additionally comes pre-loaded with console-quality multi player game ShadowGun, Wild Tanget and multi award winning (Best Android App) FPS Dead Trigger 2. Wikipad also provides the game Hockey Nations pre-loaded upon purchase.
The Wikipad 7.0 specs are NVIDIA Tegra mobile processor with quad-core CPU, Android 4.2.2 and 5th battery-saver core and high-performance 12-core NVIDIA GPU, built-in 16GB flash memory with MicroSD slot that supports up to 32GB, and has a 2MP front camera a 7-inch IPS full HD display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, and 16GB of memory expandable up to 32GB via microSD, HDMI out dual stereo speakers and Game pad controller.
Wikipad in 2014 released a press release announcing a new product range of accessories called GAMEVICE, a newly redesigned detachable cross platform controller for the Google Nexus 7, Microsoft and other tablets assumed to be the IPAD mini.
The Wikipad features a patented detachable controller included in the price with all the standard controllers D-pad, thumb-sticks, triggers and buttons with dual analog sticks along with regular gaming keys and shoulder buttons.
The Wikipad has a 1.4 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 T30S quad-core with a 5th Battery-Saver Core** - NVIDIA's innovative Variable SMP architecture (PDF 919 KB) enables four performance cores to be used for max burst, when needed, with each core independently and automatically enabled and disabled based on workload. The single battery-saver core (or companion core) handles low-power tasks like active standby, music, and video, and is transparent to the OS and applications. NVIDIA Direct Touch* - This is a patent-pending architecture that improves touch responsiveness and reduces power consumption by offloading a portion of the touch processing onto the Tegra 3 processor.
3D Stereo Gaming* - This capability leverages the award-winning NVIDIA 3D Vision® technology to automatically, and in real-time, convert OpenGL based games and apps into Stereo 3D.This combined with the HDMI out allows #D gaming on the big screen or small screen. NVIDIA PRISM Display Technology* - PRISM (or Pixel Rendering Intensity and Saturation Management) reduces a mobile device's backlight power while simultaneously enhancing the pixel color to deliver the same visual quality with substantially extended battery life. - See more at: http://www.nvidia.com/object/tegra-3-processor.html#sthash.KUjINaOJ.dpuf weighs 560 grams and is 8.6 mm thick. The 7-inch touchscreen has a resolution of 1280×800 (with HD 1080p), with a ratio of 16:10. The screen has Gorilla® scratch-resistant technology. Wikipad also has stereo speakers, a 2-megapixel front camera that allows video calling with services such as Skype. Side load games and films with the micro SD slot, headphone and mike jacks and has uniquely a HDMI out. The wikipad works with Google Chrome Cast.
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