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Wikipad 7-inch tablet launching June 11 in US for $249, worldwide this summer

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The 7-inch Wikipad, the Android gaming tablet from the company of the same name, will be available June 11 in the U.S. for $249, with launches in the U.K. and elsewhere to follow this summer, Wikipad announced today.

It will initially be available on Walmart's website, Best Buy's website and the online retailer Tiger Direct. Wikipad originally announced a 10-inch tablet for $499, but delayed it on its planned launch date — Oct. 31, 2012 — before revealing this past February that it had shelved the 10-inch model indefinitely in favor of a $249 7-inch version.

The Wikipad is geared toward gaming: The tablet comes with a detachable shell that features standard controller inputs — two analog sticks, four face buttons and a D-pad. The 7-inch device offers a 1280x800 IPS display, a 1.4 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of on-board flash memory, in a form factor that's slightly lighter than a Google Nexus 7 tablet. The Wikipad runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and users can download games and apps from Google Play, PlayStation Mobile and Nvidia's TegraZone.

For more on the 7-inch Wikipad, check out our interview with the company's managing director.