Retooled WikiPad primed for launch

A second try for the Android-based gaming tablet.

WikiPad

After an aborted launch last Halloween, the WikiPad Android gaming tablet looks ready to finally hit the market. So says WikiPad Inc., anyway, who this morning declared that its unique gaming device will finally hit shelves this coming Tuesday, June 11 (aka the first official day of E3).

This new WikiPad, you may recall, is a shrunken edition of the 10-inch behemoth (itself an update of the original 8-inch version) the company was showing off last year.

This new model, which came to light this past February, has the same core features as the 10-inch model -- removable standalone Android tablet, Tegra 3 chip, Sony PlayStation Mobile support -- but in a smaller package and with a lower price tag. The 7-inch version will cost just $249, down from the $499 the company intended to ask for the 10-incher.

The company says the WikiPad will be available for purchase from Walmart.com, Bestbuy.com, and TigerDirect, with international launch information to follow after E3.

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