Back in August, we posted a bit of news regarding Archos and their plans to release a new Android based gaming tablet
into Europe and the U.S. On Friday, Archos confirmed a lot of features of the GamePad
as well as launched the tablet in Europe and narrowed the U.S. availability to early 2013. The Archos GamePad is designed with a similar form factor to the WiiU GamePad, but runs on Google Certified Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The announcement also gives us greater insight into the hardware the GamePad will have, which is listed below. Giving them a glance, it looks like there will be plenty of memory available via microSD, good horsepower with a quad-core GPU paired with a dual-core CPU. The mapping system that is included looks to be comprehensive and something that users will adapt to quickly. The video below shows just how easy it is to map buttons to games within the GamePad:
Right now, the Archos GamePad is retailing for 149.99€, which translates into about $194 U.S. So although a price point in the U.S. hasn’t been announced, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it come out at $199 initially.
Archos GamePad Features
Operating System: Google Certified Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Smooth Gaming Experience with 3D Graphics: Quad-core Mali 400 MP GPU paired with a 1.6GHz Dual-core CPU.
Memory: 8GB of internal memory with microSD slot or up to 64GB of additional space.
Mini-HDMI: Use the mini-HDMI port to connect the GamePad to your TV for a big screen viewing experience.
Google PlayTM: 700,000 apps and games and includes DRM support for downloading books, magazines, music, movies and TV shows.
ARCHOS Media Center applications: tailor made apps for video and music that include metadata scraping, auto-subtitles and of course, the best format and codec support around including 1080p video decoding.
We have an appointment set up with Archos at the 2013 International CES, so expect a hands on with the tablet and additional information on when we can expect to see it here in the U.S.