Wikipad delayed for last-minute tweaks

The gaming-focused Android tablet misses October 31 ship date due to "minor refinement."

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A Wikipad representative came by CNET's New York office in September for a hands-on with its Android-powered gaming tablet. The Wikipad left us with a generally positive impression, even if its $500 price tag seemed high. But although the device seemed relatively polished barely a month ago, Wikipad, Inc. announced a delay for its eponymous tablet yesterday. It was supposed to hit stores on October 31.

The company cited "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" in a press release. Whether those adjustments are hardware- or software-related is unclear, but that they are serious enough to delay shipping at the last minute suggests problems beyond the scope of a straightforward software update.

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Wikipad has not announced a new shipping date for its tablet, and Digital Trends reports that GameStop is no longer accepting Wikipad preorders. The company says it will include a bonus gift for existing Wikipad preorder customers, and that it will announced a new ship date "soon."

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