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Wikipad launching with 7-inch model

Wikipad launching with 7-inch model

Thu 07 Feb 2013 9:22pm GMT / 4:22pm EST / 1:22pm PST
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The smaller units bring the price down for consumers

Despite previously showing a 10-inch model of its Android-powered tablet, Wikipad, Inc. has announced that it will be launching a 7-inch Wikipad tablet in spring 2013 for $249. Like the 10-inch model, the smaller Wikipad will have an attachable game controller.

The new Wikipad still has many of the same specifications, including a Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of storage, a micro SD slot, and running Google's Android 4.1.

"We wanted to get Wikipad into our community's hands and what we found was that the smaller 7" form factor just seemed right,'" said Wikipad president of sales Fraser Townley. "The smaller frame delivers an aggressive price while keeping the same amazing specs."

"[The 7-inch category] seems to be where the market is alive," Townley told Polygon. "The affordability factor is what's important to people. We took the steps that we had to take to preserve the brand."

The 10-inch Wikipad is still on the company's roadmap, but with no specific release window at this time. Wikipad says the 10-inch model will have the "latest and greatest specs" when it finally sees release.

5 Comments

William Leu
Software Developer

7 9 1.3
The screenshot looks like a GameGear had a baby with a tablet.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,156 1,075 0.5
I tried out the 10" version last year and liked it, but I did feel it was a bit too big for where everyone in the market else seemed to be targeting. Hopefully, the price point will attract enough users to make the company some sort of profit with all these newer (and more expensive) tablet "consoles" popping up all over the place.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Bruce Everiss
Marketing Consultant

1,692 594 0.4
There is an immense difference between 7 and 10 inch tablets.

The 7 inchers are well on the way to being the most significant gaming devices. The12 million iPad Minis bought already shame the Vita (4 million) and the Wii U (2.5 million). The Nexus 7 might have done even better than the Mini.

Ten inch sales are dwindling fast. They aren't really much use for much. A small laptop will do vastly more. Excel for instance. The Surface Pro is a great business tool, the keyboard makes all the difference.

Posted:A year ago

#3

M.H. Williams
Staff Writer

37 32 0.9
I played with the 10-inch and it was a solid tablet. I already have a Nexus 7, so I won't need the 7-inch, but it's a wonderful idea in practice. I wish them well.

Posted:A year ago

#4
Well, at least the price is more reasonable. Still no chance in hell I'd even pick this up though - my 5'' phone will happily run most games, and the 3DS will handle the rest. Why would I want to carry around another Android/phone device just for gaming?

Posted:A year ago

#5

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