Back in September, GameStop announced that the $499 Android-powered Wikipad gaming tablet would be available through its stores and website on October 31. As you recovered from your candy hangover this morning, you might have noticed that GameStop is a Wikipad-free zone. Well, that's because the tablet has been delayed. The Wikipad confirmed the device's delay yesterday evening, blaming necessary minor refinements and a 'last minute opportunity to refine the Wikipad bundle.'
The company wasn't able to provide a new release date, or even a time frame for the device's launch, but said it would provide a new date soon. Those that pre-ordered will get the refined, upgraded bundle as well as a special bonus gift when the tablet does start shipping. Check out the full statement below (via Kotaku):
The Wikipad team has been relentlessly working with our manufacturers and partners to perfect the Wikipad bundle to ensure our first product is the best tablet and entertainment experience at launch. There is a last minute opportunity to enhance the Wikipad bundle as well as a minor refinement needed to ensure our first customers are completely satisfied with the Wikipad.
We have informed our retail partners about this delay. For those who pre-ordered the Wikipad at GameStop through today October 31st, we will deliver the refined and upgraded bundles as well as a special bonus gift with the pre-order.
We are very eager to deliver the Wikipad experience and are passionate about excellence. We apologize for this delay and want you to know that we are committed to bringing you the very best, high-end gaming tablet possible. We are in the final stage and will be announcing the new date soon.
The Wikipad hardware is similar to what Google offers on the Nexus 7: Nvidia's Tegra 3 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.4 GHz, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, at least 16 GB of storage, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Other components include a 10.1-inch IPS display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, an 8MP camera on the back, a 2MP camera on the front, and a six-hour battery. It supposedly weighs 1.2 pounds, making it a little heavy for portable gaming. The Wikipad's attachable video game controller adds analog sticks on each side, a D-pad mounted on the left, four action buttons to the right, a set of speakers embedded into the controller at the bottom, and shoulder triggers at the top.