The Archos GamePad was announced in August of last year – what seems like a long time ago now. In the meantime, it’s become available in Europe, but so far there’s been no word from the French company on US availability.
So you’ll be happy to know that there’s a rough time frame set. The GamePad will be in stores in the US sometime next month. If you want to buy one, you’ll need to pay $169.
That, of course, is extremely affordable. Then again, all of Archos’ products are, so no surprises here.
The Archos GamePad is basically a gamepad wrapped around a 7″ Android tablet, as you can see in the image above. This simple fact might have made it a great success had it been made by one of the ‘big’ tablet makers. This being Archos, the GamePad will probably be relegated to ‘interesting and/or intriguing niche device’ status.
Or not. Who knows, this may be Archos’ hit for 2013. Let’s wait and see.
The GamePad’s buttons work ‘out of the box’ with around 1,000 well-known games. In case your favorite isn’t one of those, fret not for there’s solution. Archos has a button-mapping tool shipping preinstalled on the tablet, and that will allow you to pair any button to any virtual in-game control.
The Archos GamePad has a 7-inch 1024×600 touchscreen, a dual-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, 8 GB of built-in storage expandable via microSD, 1 GB of RAM, a front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, and a G sensor. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
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