Archos GamePad 7-inch gaming tablet launches in Europe, coming to U.S. in 2013
The Archos GamePad is an Android tablet with physical buttons. Now available in Europe
“Android device users spend more than 9 hours a month gaming on their devices and yet are not completely satisfied with the touch-screen experience,” says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO of ARCHOS. “We feel this area of gaming is proven and will continue to grow. With the introduction of the GamePad we are uniquely positioned to feed the demand of gamers who want a better gaming experience on a tablet.”
By combining the GamePad’s 14 physical buttons and dual analog thumb-sticks with the revolutionary ARCHOS game mapping tool (exclusive to ARCHOS), the GamePad brings the physical aspect back to the gaming experience. Adding to the experience is the 16-million-color, seven-inch, five-point capacitive, 1024 x 600 pixel screen. At only 10 mm (0.3 inch) thin and with a weight of 330g (0.7 lbs), the ARCHOS GamePad is the perfect on-the-go gaming console.
REVOLUTIONARY MAPPING TOOL
Thanks to the revolutionary ARCHOS mapping tool, even back catalog games that weren’t made for physical controls can work with the physical controls of the ARCHOS GamePad; ‘map’ any on-screen virtual control to the physical controls of the GamePad for hundreds of games within the tool or use its drag-and-drop interface to ‘map’ any game in seconds.
Check out our YouTube video showing how easy it is to use: HOW TO MAP BUTTONS
The mapping profile for each game is automatically saved so whenever that game is launched in the future, the ARCHOS game-mapping tool will automatically load the corresponding mapping profile.
FEATURES & SPECS
- Operating System: Google Certified Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Smooth Gaming Experience with 3D Graphics: Quad-core Mali 400 MP GPU paired with a 1.6GHz Dual-core CPU.
- Memory: 8GB of internal memory with microSD slot or up to 64GB of additional space.
- Mini-HDMI: Use the mini-HDMI port to connect the GamePad to your TV for a big screen viewing experience.
- Google PlayTM: 700,000 apps and games and includes DRM support for downloading books, magazines, music, movies and TV shows.
- ARCHOS Media Center applications: Tailor-made apps for video and music that include metadata scraping, auto-subtitles and of course, the best format and codec support around including 1080p video decoding.
For more information about GamePad visit www.ARCHOS.com.
Developers interested in getting their current and upcoming games mapped for the ARCHOS GamePad can contact GamePad@archos.com.
3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2941; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Haha still, this tablet has Vita written all over it.
7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Come on man! Most game pads look like this anyway...
12. MC1123 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
no not really!!! the new nintendo wii U gamepad dont look like that!
9. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
nope i don't think they can, xbox controller also have the same format as this tablet
4. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
if it only had an option to pop out the tablet(the white part) from the joy pad(the grey part), this wouldve made a good hybrid.
5. gazmatic (Posts: 571; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
This is a genuine idea. Not a KIRF like the Droid X360! I'll wait for the reviews before I spend 200 bucks on just an android gamer. I'm not much of a mobile gamer. I didnt buy a heavy ass alienware laptop just to play angry birds on a 4 inch screen. I hope this is good. I dont want to buy sony's overpriced propriety crap. €38 for a 4gb memory stick! No sony. Not cool
6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
How on earth are we supposed to play with it since it's 7 inch! Of course, the game-play will be amazing because of the screen, however, i don't think this will be easy on the hands.
I'm just being skeptical...
PA, i hope you review this.
8. TylerGrunter (Posts: 894; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
I actually like it and the specs are not that bad. I also would like to see PA reviewing it!
Only worry I would have is battery life with the high frequency of the CPU and the most likely 45nm technology of the chip.
13. Captain_Doug (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I've read from 2 different sources that it is either a 40 nm or a 32'm. However I trust the sour that said 32 nm more. It shouldn't be that bad. However battery life is still bad.
10. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
this time archos is trying to do something that apple has always done with iDevices and I quiet like it. the processor is i guess enough for smooth operation given it will run jellybean but the GPU is a beast, Mali 400 single core is fast but quad core could blew away almost the same as iPad's graphic performance
11. Captain_Doug (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
The GPU is a quad core. The processor is an rk3066 which is paired with a mali-400mp4.