Wikipad gaming tablet to feature Sony’s PlayStation Mobile service
In case you haven’t heard of it before, the Wikipad is a powerful tablet aimed at mobile gamers. The portable device was first announced at this year’s CES in Las Vegas; however, back then the slate computer had an eight inch panel, glasses-free 3D and a single-core processor. Now, the Wikipad apparently offers an improved design (ultra-light chassis, rubberized back), larger screen and a multi-core chip.
According to a press release issued by the manufacturer, the tablet has passed the PlayStation Certified License Program, which means users will be able to play PS Mobile games on the device. Interestingly enough, the company had previously announced a partnership with Gaikai -- a cloud-based gaming platform that was since acquired (July 2, 2012) by Sony Computer Entertainment for $380 million.
The Wikipad is reportedly powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 system-on-chip that houses four ARM Cortex-A9 cores clocked at 1.4GHz and an ultra-low power GeForce GPU. In addition, the slate PC is equipped with a 10.1-inch In-Plane Switching touchscreen display with a native resolution of 1280-by-800 pixels (future models to offer glasses-free 3D support, too).
Other features include 1GB of RAM, an SSD with a storage capacity of 16GB (and up), an optional 3G antenna, dual cameras and an attachable gamepad/dock. Furthermore, the tablet is supposedly 8.6mm thick, weighs 560g and will run on an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
Wikipad promises to announce the official launch date “very soon”; there’s no word on pricing, though.