Archos announces GamePad gaming tablet
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Archos has unveiled a unique tablet, the 7-inch GamePad, which separates itself from other Android-based tablets through the inclusion of physical buttons designed to mimic a controller from a gaming console. The GamePad is based on Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) and is Google-certified, ensuring access to Google Play. In addition to gaming, the tablet is capable of email, Internet, and app access that is typical of Android tablets.
In terms of hardware, the GamePad features a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, quad-core Mali-400 MP graphics processor, and 1 GB RAM. A microSD card slot is capable of accepting card capacities of up to 64 GB. Ports at the top of the device allow for external connections via micro-USB and mini-HDMI.
Henri Crohas, founder and CEO of Archos, stated that Android 4.0 ICS included game controller support from the start and this native support is what initially encouraged Archos to build the GamePad. However, some games did not take advantage of physical controller support. As a result, Archos has developed “automatic game recognition and mapping tools – patented technology to ensure control compatibility with every advanced Android game.”
In their press release, Archos stated that the GamePad will be available at the end of October 2012 for less than 130 British Sterling Pounds (~$205).