Wikipad, the appropriately named company behind the upcoming Wikipad gaming tablet, has released the official hardware specs for its soon-to-be-released device (via VentureBeat). The Android 4.1 tablet will come packing one of those fancy, new Tegra 3 1.4GHz quad-core processors and 1GB of DDR2 RAM, which puts it ahead of the recently released Nexus 7 and behind the upcoming Ouya console in terms of raw power.
What's especially cool about the Wikipad from a gaming perspective is that it ships with a gamepad mount fitted with twin analog sticks, two triggers/bumpers, four face buttons, and Start/Select. There might not be many mobile titles that would take advantage of such a full-featured controller setup, but once you factor in something like OnLive streaming, the mount starts to make more sense. The peripheral is also designed to work with the tablet's speakers and power port.
There's more to the specs, but it's nothing you haven't seen before in a modern-day tablet. The 10.1-inch IPS display sports a 16:10 aspect ratio with a max resolution of 1,280x800. It weighs in at just over one pound and it's roughly one-third of an inch thick. Two cameras are also included: a front-facing 2MP camera and a rear-facing 8MP camera.
Now for the bad news: while the Wikipad was shown at CES with a built-in 3D display, that functionality will not be a feature of the launch models. It's possible that future versions will add it in, but nothing's concrete yet. As long as you're okay with that, you can start shopping for a Wikipad when it releases sometime before the end of 2012.