The long-awaited Wikipad is almost here!

The gaming tablet was supposed to go on sale at Gamestop last October, but got delayed due to mechanical problems that prevented it from being ready for the market. Finally, we have an update about the Wikipad: instead of the 10-inch tablet we were expecting, the company will release a 7-inch tablet priced at $249.99.

Wikipad’s change in size happened because the manufacturer behind the tablet’s 10-inch display stopped making them. This dilemma may have been fortuitous, though, since in the last few months, tablets have come down in price while 7-inch tablets have grown in popularity. For example, the Vizio Tegra 4 (one of our 11 tablets to watch out for in 2013) comes in both 10-inch and 7-inch versions. There’s no word yet on whether Wikipad will release a premium 10-inch tablet in the future.

Despite its smaller size, the Wikipad has the same Tegra 3 chip as the original tablet and also features a 1280 x 800 IPS display, NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB internal storage, a microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

What makes the Wikipad even more exciting is its controller enclosure; basically, the Wikipad is a traditional handheld gaming system combined with the technological power of a modern tablet.

Amanda Pendolino

Amanda has been writing for several entertainment, tech, shopping and business websites since 2009. A resident of Los Angeles, she also works as a screenwriter, script reader and tutor. She's obsessed with film and TV, and is not afraid to admit that her Samsung Galaxy SIII is her most prized possession.