Wikipad Android gaming tablet to launch October 31st

Nintendo's Wii U isn't the only gaming-themed electronic hardware product that's coming out this fall. This week, pre-orders have started for the previously announced Wikipad portable gaming tablet.

GameStop's website has a pre-order listing for the Wikipad, which is priced at $499. The site shows a release date of October 31st, although it's not clear yet if GameStop will be the only place at the moment to buy a Wikipad.

As you can see, the Wikipad comes with a controller dock that adds two analog sticks, a directional pad, and four buttons to the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) tablet, which should make playing a number of Android-based games, such as first person shooters and driving games, a lot easier.

As we have previously reported, the 10.1 inch Wikipad also comes with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, one GB of memory, 16 GB of storage, an eight megapixel rear camera and a two megapixel front camera. The tablet is supposed to last about six hours on battery power.

While it's great that there will soon be a touch screen tablet with a game controller dock add-on, we are still awaiting word on Razer's previously announced "Project Fiona". The company demoed a prototype of the impressive looking Windows-based touch screen gaming tablet at CES 2012 in January but since then the company has been silent on their plans for the product.

Source: GameStop | Image via Wikipad

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I hope this fails miserably. I like the idea, but putting out Apple price margins on crappy hardware isn't going to cut it. You can spot a loser from a mile away these days.

wikipad? gaming tablet? wikipad sounds more like a kindle type device with focus on wikipedia,ebooks and stuff LOL... don't really think of gaming when I see that name,

Xerino said,
hmmm.... too bad it isnt x86 or x64 based... cant really see myyself spending $500 to play angry birds

Who the hell wants a slow and power hungry x86 chipset on mobile devices? Not me. I'll take ARM any day of the week and play some modern combat 3