Archos GamePad

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Archos GamePad
Developer Archos
Type Tablet
Release date
  • EU: 6 December 2012
  • USA: February 2013
Introductory price €150, £130, US$200
Operating system Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
CPU Dual-core Rockchip RK3066 @ 1.6 GHz
Memory 1024 MB
Storage GB internal, with expandable microSD up to 64GB
Display 7" capacitive touchscreen @ 1024x600 px
Graphics Mali-400 quad-core
Controller input Built-in
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Mini-HDMI, USB 2.0
Online services Google Play
Successor Archos GamePad 2

The Archos GamePad is a video gaming tablet developed and marketed by Archos.[1] It runs on the Android operating system. It was announced on August 29, 2012 and was first released on 6 December 2012 in Europe, with a US release projected for February 2013.[2][3] The tablet is aimed at gaming, and features dedicated dual analog sticks along with regular gaming keys and shoulder buttons - a similar design as the PlayStation Vita.[4] Archos have designed a technology which 'converts' the touch controls (of Android games) into physical controls from the buttons.[5] It's able to get over a thousand games from the Google Play library.

Archos GamePad features a 7-inch screen, 8GB of internal storage, 16 physical buttons, a 0.3 MP front camera, and stereo speakers.[6] It is 10mm thick and weights 300 grams. Archos have developed a special mapping software for developers to officially make their game(s) compatible with the GamePad's physical buttons.

Release[edit]

Archos retailed GamePad in the UK for £130, although Archos originally had said that the tablet will sell for "under £130"[7] The GamePad has a 7" screen.[8]

Fellow gaming tablet Wikipad, which should have been released on 2 November, was delayed by the developers, paving way for the Archos GamePad to come out first.

Gamepad 2[edit]

In August 2013, it was revealed that Archos is working on a successor, called Archos GamePad 2.

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