Archos GamePad Released In Europe, Available Stateside In Early 2013

The Archos GamePad looks just like any other tablet with a gaming controller attached, and we all know controllers are a bit of a gimmick. Of all the games I have installed on my Nexus 7, currently only one has full controller support. I know of a few others, but the number is very limited. So you’d think this whole product is a gimmick, no? I did, until I saw this:

I wonder why someone hasn’t thought of this before. This software is very clever, and could make this a truly good gaming tablet. While the specs are very mid end, it could still be a great device purely for games (spec wise, the Nexus 7 is still far better). Here’s a quick list of specs:

  • 7″ 1024×600 display
  • 1.6GHz dual-core processor, with Mali 400 MP GPU
  • 8GB onboard storage with microSD card slot and support for up to 64GB of additional space
  • miniHDMI out
  • Android 4.1

It isn’t the most powerful tablet out there, but the Mali-400 GPU should push games very well. With the addition of Android 4.1, it should also be smooth and perform well. And the microSD card slot is a great addition. However, for the price of 149.99€, or about $200 US dollars, it’s a pretty good deal. While a Tegra 3 would have been nice for a gaming tablet, the dual core inside will do well enough. Though it’s on sale in Europe right now, it’ll launch in North America sometime in early 2013. Strangely, I’m excited. What do you guys think? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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