Archos announces GamePad tablet with physical controls

Archos announces GamePad tablet with physical controls
There have been some (mostly unpopular) manufacturers recently who've announced to be working on a gaming tablet, and Archos has just joined the party with its own GamePad - a tablet with dedicated physical game controls.

The Archos GamePad seems to be a fairly slim device with game controls symmetrically positioned on the sides of the 7" display of unknown type and resolution. The tablet looks pretty good, but its gaming-centric design practically destines it to be a dedicated gaming device with additional features.

The processor powering the thing will be a 1.5GHz dual-core unit (also of unannounced make), coupled with a Mali-400 GPU, which should provide enough punch for smooth framerates in those mobile games.

Archos announces GamePad tablet with physical controls
Now comes the fun part. Running Android 4 ICS, Archos claims that it has developed a special technology for the GamePad, which will automatically map virtual controls to the physical ones. According to the company, this should allow you to use the hardware keys with over 1000 current titles. If this works as advertised, it would be one great move by the manufacturer.

The Archos GamePad is expected to go on sale sometime in the end of October, for the affordable price of EUR 150 (about $188) in Europe. There's no word yet if it'll be available in the States, but if you really want it, we're sure you'll find a way to have it.

via: SlashGear

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11 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

good price to bad not a tegra 3 in it though

5. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

If it had a tegra 3 it would be even cheaper and that would be cool.

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2248; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

We can hope for a quick follow-up device to come out next year. Maybe by that time it will have the Tegra 4 chipset in it or any of the other quad-core chipsets that are suppose to boast the same graphical power of an Xbox 360 or PS3. For now, however, this should be good enough to do alot of the games on the Android market.

2. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

This is awesome. Great idea, Archos!

3. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Does it outperform the Nexus 7?

10. yousef8824

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

yes in antutu

4. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

looks like an enlarged PSP. lol

7. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

well PSP and PS Vita is still the best...but this one looks good though.. slim

8. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Dang, I'm happy with my Archos G9 101 tablet, but something like THIS will push me over the edge, as if their super slim tablet wasn't awesome enough!

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The problem is the size...how do you think it will be in our hands?? It looks as though one will need a support from below.

11. looking0around unregistered

terrible device, stay away from it. and away from archos

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