We have surprising new info regarding the new gaming-focused Android tablet called the WikiPad. Just in case you missed it previously, the concept for this device has been floating around the web since at least January of this year. It had mostly faded into obscurity, with the occasional tidbit or rumor leaking out. Low and behold, the actual device has shown up with press pics, specs, pricing and a timeframe of availability at Gamestop! Here's a breakdown of what we have learned:

Specs for the WikiPad Gaming Android tablet:
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 CPU
  • 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS LCD
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16 and 32 GB of internal storage options
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Dual 8 MP/2 MP cameras
  • 23.46 Wh battery
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Buil-in Gamepad
  • A microSD slot
  • Software Bonuses: Full access to Google Play and Tegra 3-optimized games, as well as “exclusive full-length game titles” from GameStop and will be PlayStation Certified and optimized for the Gaikai platform.

The tablet is already up for pre-order on their website. It will retail at brick and mortar Gamestop stores for $499.99, and launch in October. That's a bit of a steep price if you just factor in the internal hardware, but taken as a whole, is decent enough to grab some sales for folks who want to do some hard-core gaming on their tablet. The competition is going to get tougher over the next few months (and more) in tablets though, so it remains to be seen if this impressive gimmick will be successful. Chime in your perspective. There are a few more pics at the source link below.

Source: TheVerge and WikiPad