Wikipad, which recently jumped into the portable gaming market, has been swirling with rumors regarding its specs and now it has come clean with the folks at GamesBeat. According to the Venturebeat partner, Wikipad has revealed the specifications of the device in an exclusive interview.
The company’s self-named tablet will have a 10.1-inch IPS display with 16:10 1,280 x 800 resolution, weigh 560 grams at 8.6mm thick. Only the iPad 2 stands as one of the thinnest and lightest 10″ tablet. When the Wikipad was first shown at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, it was a 7″ tablet that was more similar in design to the Amazon Kindle Fire.
The final design model, which the company revealed to us at a design office in Thousand Oaks, Calif., will feature the NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of DDR2 RAM. For comparison, the recently released Nexus 7 uses the T30L, which is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with a 416MHz GPU (compared to 520MHz on the T30) and slower DDR2 RAM (667MHz vs. 1066MHz), and the ASUS Transformer Prime Infinity 700 and upcoming Ouya will use the more powerful T33, which clocks at 1.6GHz and has bandwidth for faster 1600MHz DDR3 RAM.
The Wikipad will also ship with at least 16GB of internal storage, though the amount of local storage hasn’t been finalized as of yet. However, according to Fraser Townley, President of Sales at Wikipad, “we will not go down, we will only go up.” 16GB is the standard amount of storage for tablets today.
The battery is 23.46Wh, capable of six hours of continuous gaming and eight hours of video playback.
Other features include a rear elevated plastic lip for a better grip, built-in 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, rear speakers and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)
The controller, appear to be its differentiating point when compared to other tablets as it carriers some similarities to the XBox 360 controller over its face buttons. Interestingly, the controller also has a port to connect it to a power source on the back.
To put the rest of the rumor mill to rest, the Wikipad will not ship with a 3D display (as they demonstrated at CES) – at least not yet. But we can expect that future versions of the Wikipad to take the 3D route. No release date yet, but according to Wikipad President James Bower, it will release later this year, and the company will reveal much more regarding the tablet in the very near future.