Archos debuts 7-inch Android-powered GamePad

Archos debuts 7-inch Android-powered GamePad

Archos today announced their next Android-powered device, the 7-inch GampePad.  Featuring a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, Mali 400MP quad-core GPU, 8GB internal storage, HDMI, microSD, and Wi-Fi connectivity, the device looks to pull in some of that PS Vita and Nintendo DS crowd.

Powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the GamePad feature gaming controls and buttons and also comes with full support for the Google Play Store and apps.  This means all the games you’ve come to enjoy on Android phones and tablets will be supported and work well.

Price for the GamePad is listed at under 150€, or approximately $190 and the device arrives in late October.  Is this something you would consider for the upstart gamer in your life?  How about for yourself?

ARCHOS combines physical gaming controls with a full Android-powered tablet to create the GamePad

Denver, CO – August 29, 2012 – ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, is proud to announce their first gaming tablet. This new type of tablet, the GamePad, combines gaming controls with Android for a full tablet and gaming experience in one. Gamers will not only have access to all their favorite games, they will also have access to email, Internet, apps and more through one device.

The GamePad features a 7-inch, capacitive screen, physical control buttons and analog sticks. This Google certified tablet has full access to Google PlayTM for the tens of thousands of games available, runs a dual-core processor @ 1.5 GHz combined with a Mali 400mp quad-core GPU. In addition, the GamePad includes automatic game recognition and mapping tools – patented technology to ensure control compatibility with every advanced Android game.

Until now, tablets provided gamers with touch controls that lacked response and compatibility for their advanced games, providing a disappointing gaming experience. As one of the main tablet uses, there is a strong need for a tablet that does more for gaming. Thanks to the complete touch and physical controls of the ARCHOS GamePad, Gamers can enhance their experience starting at the end of October 2012 for less than 150€.

“When Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, was first released they included game controller support within the framework and that is when we decided to build the GamePad,” says Henri Crohas, ARCHOS Founder and CEO.

Some leading game developers have already embraced the physical controller support that was introduced with ICS rendering their apps compatible with the physical controls of the GamePad or with game controllers plugged into tablets or phones.

However many games originally did not include physical control mapping, which is why ARCHOS developed their mapping and game recognition tool; a patented technology that allows any virtual controls to be mapped the GamePad’s physical control buttons.

“Thanks to the mapping and automatic game recognition systems included on the GamePad, we already have over a thousand android games compatible with the ARCHOS GamePad’s physical controls, including back catalog titles that originally didn’t include physical controls,” continued Crohas.

ATTENTION DEVELOPERS
Over the past six months, ARCHOS has been discussing the GamePad with leading Android game developers around the world to make their games compatible with the GamePad’s physical controls and now we invite others to participate.

Developers interested in getting their current and upcoming games mapped for the ARCHOS GamePad can contact [email protected]

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12 Comments

  1. Frans-Peter van der Leur
    August 29, 14:28 Reply

    Amazing, it has tablet OS! The tablets of early 2011 are still running on old phone software….. after sales is extremely poor at Archos, so potential buyers: beware!

  2. Major_Pita
    August 29, 15:32 Reply

    Even though their early attempts met mixed reviews, it’s great to see Archos continuing to advance their products. This looks very intersting.

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