The Android gaming tablet known as the Wikipad has undergone a significant redesign. Instead of launching as a $500 device with a 10-inch display, the Wikipad will now come with a 7-inch 1280×800 IPS display for $249. The 7-inch Wikipad is expected to be released in the spring. If you are still holding out for the 10-inch model, just know it doesn’t have a solid release date at this time. Wikipad is devoting its attention to the new 7-inch tablet right now.
While we don’t know the exact specs of the 10-inch model (they’re likely to change before release) we do know what to expect from the 7-inch Wikipad. It’ll come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a Tegra 3 processor, 16GB of expandable storage, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, a 2-megapixel front camera, a micro HDMI port and more. Those are some pretty nice specs for $249, but the most unique aspect of the Wikipad is its detachable controller. This controller enables physical controls for games such as Dead Trigger, Canabalt HD, Sonic CD and plenty others. The Wikipad is also a regular Android tablet, so you’ll still be able to play all the touch-only games from Google Play and other third-party app stores. It’s also compatible with PlayStation Mobile.
The Wikipad is one of the first gaming-focus Android tablets that doubles as a regular Android tablet. By pricing it at $249, the Wikipad is now in direct competition with the Nexus 7. This is exactly the kind of move Wikipad needed to make. At this point, the value proposition is so good, I just may make it my second Android tablet.