Remember the Archos Gamepad that we saw at the end of August? It’s now hitting the streets of Europe to the tune of £129.99 ($170 US). Not too shabby for what is a relatively slender tablet with physical gaming controls.
Specs have largely remained the same, though we know have the full list to satiate the needs for those obsessed with details. The 7-inch 5 points multi touchscreen (1024×600) remains as does the GPU (quad-core Mali 400 MP), though instead of a 1.5Ghz processor, the Archos GamePad will ship with a 1.6Ghz ARM CORTEX dual-core A9 processor. Other specs include 8GB of built-in storage (expandable via microSD card slot), 1GB of RAM, a built-in front camera, USB 2.0 connectivity, speakers, mic, g-sensor, WiFi, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Size wise the Archos Gamepad measures 9’’x 4.6’’x 0.6″ (229.8 x 118.7mm x 15.4mm) and weighs 11.6oz (330g). Unfortunately, there is no mention of battery capacity or life.
Nevertheless, it would seem that the GamePad is one of the most viable Android all-in-one devices we’ve seen to date, especially seeing as it includes 14 physical buttons and dual analog sticks. That said, the GamePad will include Archos’ Game Mapping tech, allowing you to map new and old games to the physical buttons.
No word on a US release date, but Anandtech has reported that it will hit US shores sometime early next year.