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The Wikipad Android tablet misses its launch date

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The $499 Android tablet with a detachable controller known as the Wikipad was supposed to be released on Halloween at GameStop. The day has come and gone and GameStop has not sold or shipped any pre-orders. There’s a good reason for that. The Wikipad has been delayed. GameStop is no longer taking pre-orders, and it’s not clear when the Wikipad will attempt to launch again.

Wikipad provided a press release explaining the reasons behind its decision. Wikipad says it delayed the tablet in order to make refinements and enhancements. We don’t know what was wrong with the tablet specifically, but waiting so long to make this announcement doesn’t fill us with much confidence about the product in general.

Wikipad is still expecting to ship the tablet eventually, and those who pre-ordered will get a special gift.

Wikipad’s statement is posted below.

“The Wikipad team has been relentlessly working with our manufacturers and partners to perfect the Wikipad bundle to ensure our first product is the best tablet and entertainment experience at launch. There is a last minute opportunity to enhance the Wikipad bundle as well as a minor refinement needed to ensure our first customers are completely satisfied with the Wikipad.

We have informed our retail partners about this delay. For those who pre-ordered the Wikipad at GameStop through today October 31st, we will deliver the refined and upgraded bundles as well as a special bonus gift with the pre-order.

We are very eager to deliver the Wikipad experience and are passionate about excellence. We apologize for this delay and want you to know that we are committed to bringing you the very best, high-end gaming tablet possible.

We are in the final stage and will be announcing the new date soon.”

Read [Joystiq]

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