The Archos GamePad will finally be hitting the US market in February. The release date marks roughly a month after the device was released in Europe. In the US, the Android-based gaming tablet will retail for $169.
Archos showcased the device last week during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
What sets this device apart from regular Android tablets is its 14 physical buttons, dual-analog thumbsticks, and an exclusive button-mapping tool that allows users to enjoy games without relying on on-screen controls and covering parts of the screen during gameplay. That said, the GamePad still comes with a 5-point capacitive touchscreen display. This screen is a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and support for 16 million colors.
Under the hood, it has a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU working with a quad-core Mali-400 MP4 GPU that supports 3D games. It also has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage capacity. Plus, the device comes with a built-in microSD card slot that can be used to add 32GB of extra storage space. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is its operating system.
Apart from the microSD card slot, the available interfaces include USB 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP), and a miniHDMI port in case users want to enjoy the screen contents on a larger display, such as an HDTV or monitor.
It comes with a single camera that is located on its front. Its other features are a built-in speaker, microphone, and G-sensor.
The GamePad may be powered powered by a Lithium-Ion battery internally, or through a power adapter externally.
As for its dimensions, the gaming device measures 9’’x 4.6’’x 0.6’’ and weighs 11.6 ounces.
Will you be purchasing the Archos GamePad?