Oct 09 AT 3:38 PM Dima Aryeh 11 Comments

Archos announces the GamePad 2, better than its predecessor in every way

Archos GamePad 2

The Archos GamePad was a basic Android-powered, large PSP knockoff at first sight. Who needs a 7-inch tablet with game controls on the sides when so few Android games support controllers in the first place? But the device was so much more than that, with some incredibly innovative software built in that allowed mapping physical buttons to areas of the screen. This even included mapping joysticks to virtual sticks. The software was an incredible idea, but the overall presentation of the device was not flawless.

Archos has announced the GamePad 2 to make up for some of the original’s faults. It packs a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display, 1.6GHz quad core processor with a Mali-400 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of storage with a microSD slot (and Apps to SD support), front facing camera, Android 4.2, stereo speakers and of course the controller buttons and sticks. It’s a much more powerful device, even if isn’t bleeding edge.

On the software side, it includes the Play Store and an improved version of its button mapping software. Archos also includes Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour and Asphalt 8 Airborne pre-loaded onto the device, both with full controller support.

And of course, the device can also be used as a regular tablet. It has an unskinned version of Android 4.2, meaning you get things like web browsing and multi-user support. Archos also added a few multimedia apps for a better media experience. It’s a pretty good tablet for it all.

The device will be priced at around $250, which is quite low for a tablet. It’s coming out by the end of the month, and though the previous model wasn’t a big success, I’m hoping this one will be. It looks like an awesome product, and I hope it will work just as well. Would you consider getting one? Leave a comment!

Via: Android Central

Source: Archos

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Jonathan Cohen

    I always liked Archos products although they have always been quirky. The’re stuff is usually one step away from being great.

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  • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

    To be fair that was a pretty low hurdle for them to clear.

  • mkstvns

    I’d be interested, for sure. I love the idea of a low-cost but attractive and powerful gaming device with physical controls. Just needs to have a good library of games available for it.

  • R.S

    I don’t plan to buy one (though I do like it) but I would buy this over the MadKatz MOJO.

  • pjamies

    Kool, tho the Sony PSVita is now $199.00 and will be fully integrated into the PS4 environment for game sharing and full streaming .. etc ..etc
    YES, I know that it is not Android!! but if I really want to game on a great portable device for the same $$ (or less), why would I buy an inferior device?
    With that said, this has the making of a great ANDROID gaming device ‘Down The Road’, but for my tastes, I will stick with the PSVita (For Now..)

  • rhY

    Emulation will make this AWESOME!

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  • unwiredmedic

    Like the Razer, I can’t see having something tied into a built-in controller being used on daily things like book reading or social media. I’d rather have a drop-in adapter/dock. It would also be nice to hear there is an HDMI out.

  • inviolable