Archos GamePad 7-inch gaming tablet launches in Europe, coming to U.S. in 2013

Four months after being officially announced, the Archos GamePad is now available for purchase in some markets across Europe. Priced at 150 Euro (about $194), it is a rather unusual Android tablet marketed at gamers. The device offers physical gaming controls – a 4-way directional pad, a set of action buttons, and dual analog sticks, all the while being a fully functional Android device with access to Google apps and the Play store. What completes the package is the key mapping tool provided by Archos, which allows even games that are not optimized for the GamePad to work with its hardware buttons.

As far as hardware specs go, the Archos GamePad offers a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen with resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels. It is powered by a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1.6GHz backed up by a quad-core Mali 400 GPU and 1GB of RAM. You also get a front-facing camera, built-in speaker and microphone, 8GB of storage, and a slot for microSD cards. Wi-Fi connectivity is on board, but GPS is a no-go, according to the product's specs sheet. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes pre-loaded. The Archos GamePad is 10 millimeters thick and weighs 330 grams.

The Archos GamePad is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. early next year, presumably at a similar price.

source: Archos via GSM Arena

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