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Wikipad Announces Gamevice Adjustable Gamepad Attachment And Android 4.2 OTA For The Wikipad Tablet

On-screen and accelerometer controls work great for some mobile games, but other times you just want a real controller. Wikipad, the company behind the gaming-centric Wikipad tablet is introducing a new product called the Gamevice at CES. This is a split controller that expands and contracts to fit on your mobile device.

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The Gamevice has what Wikipad calls a "flex bridge" design. Presumably the middle portion of the controller can be adjusted to snugly fit around your mobile device. The name probably refers to the vice-like grip it will have on your precious phone or tablet. It's a kind of pun, you see.

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Wikipad 7" Gaming Tablet And Control Sleeve Available June 11th For $249 At Wal-Mart, Best Buy And TigerDirect

It's been a long road for the Wikipad, but in one short week, the odd little device will finally be available for purchase. After more than 18 months of development a complete redesign, the Wikipad will be launched next Tuesday, June 11th, at the reasonable price of $249 (including the unique controller add-on sleeve). The initial product push will be on Wal-mart.com, BestBuy.com, and TigerDirect.com, with more online and retail partners set to be announced after the E3 gaming show in July.

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You could be forgiven for thinking the Wikipad tablet itself looks a lot like the Nexus 7, because it does, and not just on the outside.

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Wikipad Announces 7" Gaming Tablet For $249, Company Discusses Cancelled 10" Version

One of these days, we're finally going to figure this whole buttons problem for Android devices. While touchscreens are great, the tactile feeling of physical controls will always have its appeal. Some solutions are better than others, but maybe the Wikipad can find the sweet spot. The tablet comes with an attached set of game controls that can be removed, leaving the player with a regular 7" Tegra 3 tablet. The entire unit costs $250.

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Here are the specs for the tablet itself:

  • 7" 1280x800 IPS display (up to 5-point multitouch)
  • Tegra 3
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB storage (expandable w/ 32GB micro SD)
  • 2MP front-camera
  • 4,100 mAh battery
  • Android 4.1

The attached buttons actually make this look a lot like a Wii U tablet, but this one is running Android 4.1.

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