Archos GamePad 2 on the way, stops by the FCC
Last year Archos announced the GamePad, which was basically a gamepad wrapped around an Android tablet. The concept was surely intriguing, and it eventually reached the US in February for a pretty good price. However, we’ve yet to hear about the Archos GamePad breaking any sales records (even Archos’ own). That may have something to do with the chipset of choice that was employed in that device, a rather average one. Also, the GamePad didn’t have stellar battery life or a great screen, so you can see why it hasn’t been selling like hot cakes.
So maybe its successor will. That’s right, Archos is apparently working on the GamePad 2. This was spotted at the FCC, chilling, doing its thing, getting certified, all that stuff.
The new model comes with Bluetooth support, something which the original lacked. The GamePad 2 also has single-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. As you can see, it looks rather similar to its predecessor, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Let’s hope that the biggest news comes from its hopefully refreshed insides. Since this has hit the FCC so close to IFA, we’re expecting it to become official over in Berlin at the beginning of next month. We’ll keep you posted.