The Archos GamePad has already been available outside of the U.S. since last December. For those still unfamiliar with this device it’s actually a gaming tablet that runs on Android. What sets this device apart from other tablets is that it comes with its own physical dual analog sticks, gaming keys and shoulder buttons.
This cool gaming device also made an appearance at the recently held CES but no specifics were given on its exact release date in North America, that is until now. Archos has finally announced that the GamePad will be making its way to the U.S. this coming February and will be priced at $169.
Archos GamePad Specifications
- Operating System: Android 4.1.2 jelly Bean
- Display: 7-inch, 16 million colors, 1024 x 600 pixels (170 ppi)
- Processor: 1.6GHz dual core processor
- Graphics: ARM Mali-400 MP quad core
- RAM: 1GB
- Storage: 8 GB expandable via microSD
For its price tag the device comes with impressive specs. The quad core GPU used is similar to those used by high-end smartphones these days. Add the fact that it has a dual core processor and 1GB it should be able to handle any games out there. What’s disappointing though is the lower screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels which is although acceptable yet not that great when you’re into gaming.
The main selling point of this device is its physical controls. A lot of players have often complained on how they wish that their Android device came with physical buttons to easily play the games. Well, here it is right now. There’s a button mapping app which lets you easily configure the controls of a particular game.
Overall this is a good device to have if you are into Android gaming. It has an affordable price and combines features of both a tablet and a portable gaming console. If you have been waiting for this device to be available in the U.S. then you’ll only have to wait one month more for this to arrive in stores.