The tablet is expected to gain more following not just among the casual Internet browsing people but also with the hardcore gamers. With the gaming industry innovating to accommodate the demands of the ever-expanding market, it is inevitable that a gaming tablet will take a stage in the tablet market. The Wikipad, flagship product of an independent company of the same name, is expected to be available this year during spring time.
It is touted as the gamer’s tablet, so today we are going to verify such a claim.
The Wikipad is priced at $250. That makes it around the price level of Google’s Nexus 7, making one of the cheaper tablets in the market. But what do we get for $250?
Wikipad offers a 7-inch display screen with a maximum resolution of 16:10. That means better graphics quality than the typical tablet pc in the market today. Although you must know that this is a downgrade from the original 10-inch display for cost-cutting reasons.
Wikipad is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3, a quadcore processor that also powers the Nexus 7. This should give the performance power needed to satisfy the average gamer and, possibly, hardcore gamers who want to try the tablet system. However, there should be a matching memory capacity for such a powerful processor.
Despite its powerful quadcore processor, the developers of Wikipad settled with a 1gb RAM. That is quite a far cry from what I would expect from a tablet designed for gaming. This is bad news for hardcore gamers. But the casuals will be satisfied.
Wikipad comes with 16gb storage and can be expanded using a micro SD up to 48gb. That is a lot of games. But the Wikipad is also capable of other applications. You can always add apps like Facebook and instant messengers if you want.
The paper battery life of Wikipad is 8 hours. This is still to be tested this spring since tablet games today have different battery demands depending on the visual quality. 8 hours could mean 8 hours for games like Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds. It could mean lower battery life for games like Shadowgun: DeadZone and Dead Trigger.
Weight and Size
Wikipad comes with the typical console found in PSP and Nintendo DS. So expect a bigger tablet than the average. The tablet is 2.57 inches thick and weigh at 1.68 pounds. That means a bulky device compared to IPad and Nexus 7.
My conclusion is that Wikipad is physically designed as a gamer’s tablet but there are a lot of areas to improve to really attract hardcore gamers. If it just intends to attract casuals then it will have a difficulty competing with the tablets already in the market today.