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Archos announces GamePad tablet with physical controls

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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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posted on 29 Aug 2012, 06:16

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

good price to bad not a tegra 3 in it though

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 09:10

5. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 13:40

6. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1639; Member since: 14 Feb 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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 06:33 1

2. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

This is awesome. Great idea, Archos!

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 06:45

3. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)

Does it outperform the Nexus 7?

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 05:18

10. yousef8824 (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)

yes in antutu

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 07:47

4. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

looks like an enlarged PSP. lol

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 21:08

7. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

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

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 22:04

8. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 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!

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 04:50

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4319; Member since: 07 Mar 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.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 14:17

11. looking0around (unregistered)

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

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