The 7 inch Archos GamePad 2 Android tablet designed specifically for gaming is now official and it will be retailing for just $199.99. This tablet first generated a buzz when it stopped at FCC back in August and we were sure it will be coming to the market soon when it appeared on a product page a couple of weeks ago. If you have been looking forward to a quite powerful gaming tablet complete with controls at a budget, the Archos GamePad 2 may be your device of choice.
The team that brought us the Archos GamePad went back to work and improved the first device to create a tablet sure to give gamers a refined experience. There have been notable hardware and design improvements in GamePad 2 including a better higher resolution 1280 x 800 pixels 7 inch IPS display up from the 1024 x 600 pixels screen of the original GamePad. This model also has a better more powerful quad-core chip, a considerable step up from the dual-core Cortex A9 on the original. The most notable improvements on the design are the integrated controls which now have better larger and more ergonomic thumbsticks, shoulder buttons for better grips, action buttons and a tweaked D-pad as well as an improved battery.
Here are the core specs of Archos GamePad 2
Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core A9 with quad-core graphics processor
Display: 7 inch 1280 x 800 pixels HD IPS screen
Operating System: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Memory: 2 GB RAM, choice of 8 and 16 GB, MicroSD card support
Battery: Unspecified (Archos says it is ‘much larger battery than normally used on a 7 inch tablet)
Archos is not an unfamiliar name in the Android world, especially when it comes to regular tablets. You might be interested to know that the company has launched various tablets over the recent past including its line of Platinum tablets and 80 Xenon, another $200 budget launched in May.
The new GamePad is ready to play a wide range of Android games out-of-the-box including the already-optimized games Zero Hour, Modern Combat 4 and the popular Asphalt 8: Airborne game. Although Archos GamePad 2’s features doesn’t propel it the list of the most powerful gaming tablets and it lacks some ‘Tablet essentials’ such as cameras, the specifications are decent but there is stiff competition from many other manufacturers, the latest to launch a gaming tablet being Zotac with their Tegra Note 7. However, for a price of $199.99 or $179.99 directly fromArchos, you can have a decent machine when the GamePad 2 hits the shelves the last quarter of this year.
Sources: Archos (PDF download)