Wii U will launch November 18th, 2012 in the US with two versions, the Wii U Basic set, and the Wii U Deluxe set for $299.99 and $349.99 respectively.
Wii U Console Specifications
Size: Approximately 1.8″ high, 10.6″ deep and 6.75″ long
Weight: Approximately 3.5 lbs (1.6kg)
CPU: Multi-core IBM Power7-based 45nm with eDRAM cache
GPU: AMD Radeon-based HD GPU
RAM: 2GB; 1GB for Games, 1GB for System Software
Storage: flash memory 8GB for basic, 32GB for deluxe with support for external USB storage and SDHC memory cards.
Media: Wii U and Wii optical discs. Slot-loading optical disc drive compatible with 12 cm “proprietary high-density optical discs” (25 GB per layer) and 12 cm Wii optical discs
Video output: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i via HDMI 1.4, Wii component, Wii S-Video Stereo AV or Wii AV
Audio output: 6-channel PCM linear output via HDMI or analog output via AV multi-out connector.
Networking: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n connection and features four USB 2.0 ports (two front, two rear) with support for a Wii LAN adapter for wired connection.
Wii U GamePad
The GamePad creates a second window into the video game world while also allowing users to engage in their favorite entertainment in new ways.
Screen: 6.2″ 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen
Input: +Control Pad, L/R sticks, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons, ZL/ZR buttons, power button, home button, -/select button, +/start button, and a tv control button.
Motion: accelerometer and gyroscope.
Communication: Front-facing camera, microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, sensor bar and Near-Field-Communication (NFC) capability.
Battery: rechargable lithium battery
Weight: 1.1 lbs (500 g)
Wii U can handle up to four Wii Remotes (including Wii Remote Plus), or four Wii U Pro Controllers, and Wii accessories including the Nunchuck, Classic Controller and Wii Balance Board.
Support for two Wii U GamePads will be coming in the future and will depend on software compatibility.