For the most part the Gamepad, now called the Gamepad 2, looks virtually identical to its predecessor. However, they have made some tweaks to some of the buttons, as well as improved the analog sticks, or so the company says.
They’ve also upgraded the Gamepad’s screen from 1024×600 to 1280×800, bumped the OS from Android 4.1 to 4.2, and doubled the RAM to 2GB. The processing power, though, remains the same; an ARM CORTEX dual-core A9 at 1.6GHz and quad-core GPU graphics support.
Battery life should see a marginal improvement, and WiFi, mini-HDMI support, a front facing camera, microphone, g-sensors, and your choice of 8GB or 16GB flavors are available (microSD card slot expandable to 64GB).
As for actual gaming, Archos says the tweaked thumbsticks along with the double buttons on each shoulder and a single directional pad. Combine this with their updated controller mapping tool, and “hundreds of thousands” of Android games should be vastly improved.
The Archos Gamepad 2 will be available in Europe at the end of this month for £179.99. Expect the US to follow sometime in November.