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

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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13 Comments

1. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I smell a Sony lawsuit coming....

2. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Sony is not Apple.

3. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Haha still, this tablet has Vita written all over it.

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Come on man! Most game pads look like this anyway...

12. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

no not really!!! the new nintendo wii U gamepad dont look like that!

9. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

nope i don't think they can, xbox controller also have the same format as this tablet

4. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 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: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 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: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

One question!! 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: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 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: Apr 05, 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: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The GPU is a quad core. The processor is an rk3066 which is paired with a mali-400mp4.

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