Tuesday, 25 June 2013

LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra Announced - The LeapPad 3

LeapFrog have announced the new LeapPad Ultra learning tablet as we expected. The LeapPad Ultra is the third generation of the popular learning tablet for kids and has added some new features and it's bigger too.

It's based on the same system as the earlier models and will support the range of eBooks and educational apps that are already available and new ones too.

There are a couple of major new features that make this tablet stand out from the previous versions:

  1. The LeapPad Ultra is bigger, it has a 7" hi-res screen. That's the same size as most Android tablets and a considerable upgrade to the 5" screen on the older models.
  2. Connect via Wifi to pre-selected kid-friendly videos, images and internet sites. This is a big one! We knew it would have Wifi but it could have just been for downloading and syncing of content. LeapFrog have gone a step further and kids will be able to watch selected videos and use LeapSearch to access hand-selected content. Awesome. That is an excellent feature.
  3. Peer to Peer Play between multiple kids. This is interesting and may encourage families to get multiple devices for siblings or encourage children to get the same tablet at their friends. 
  4. A rechargeable battery is included with the tablet
You can watch the launch video to get a closer look at the device:


The LeapPad Ultra has a recommended retail price of $150 and will be available to order from online stores from July 17th 2013.  

Update: Engadget have posted a hands on preview demo of the LeapPad Ultra:


Note that yesterday VTech announced the InnoTab 3 which has gone in a different direction.

Buy: LeapPad Ultra


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