First Android tablet purpose-built for gaming
Archos has unveiled a new 7″ tablet targeted at gamers who might prefer buttons and joysticks over tapping a touchscreen. The tablet runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and a quad-core Mali 400 MP GPU. The device will have physical controls for gaming including an integrated D-pad, ABXY buttons, and two analog thumb sticks in addition to the standard touchscreen.
Like a regular tablet, it will be wi-fi enabled and have access to Google Play and its accompanying games, e-mail and apps.
Other specs revealed – a micro USB port, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot that adds up to 64GB and a mini-HDMI connection for outputting content to your TV.
The GamePad supports game controller APIs built into version 4.x of Android and includes Archos’ own game recognition and mapping tools which ensure that the physical buttons are compatible with Android games that use virtual controls. Archos has said that over 1,000 games available through the Google Play Store are already supported.
Archos has announced pricing as ‘less than €150’ or about $250 with a release date of ‘the end of October 2012’.