When Archos announced the successor to their not-so-successful Android based portable gaming console last month, the company conveniently left out crucial details such as the launch time frame and retail pricing. Archos has fixed that with an announcement made earlier today according to which the GamePad 2 console will land in the US sometime in Q4, while Europe will get the tablet October-end. The price? €180 in Europe, whereas citizens of America will have to shell out $200 for the same product.
A quick recap on the specifications of the Archos GamePad 2:
Under the hood, GamePad 2 runs Rockchip RK3188 SoC. This chip combines a quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU clocked at 1.60 GHz, with quad-core ARM Mali 400MP. Sadly, this chip caps out at OpenGL ES 2.0. The SoC is wired to 2 GB of LPDDR2 RAM, and two storage options - 8 GB and 16 GB, which is expandable using micro-SDHC.
Android 4.1.2Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" appears to come pre-installed.
Full PR after the break.
ARCHOS GamePad 2 Announced
ARCHOS, a pioneer in Android devices, is proud to announce its second generation tablet made for Gamers - the ARCHOS GamePad 2 available in Europe at the end of October at £179.99.
"Following the success of the GamePad 1, we knew that we could take the gaming-tablet concept further. With our GamePad 2 we have included an HD screen, better controls, a larger battery and a faster processor," said Loic Poirier ARCHOS CEO, "We're excited to be working with a leading games company like Gameloft to pre-install two visually stunning titles for an amazing gaming experience."
The ARCHOS GamePad 2 includes complete versions of Asphalt 8: Airborne and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour by Gameloft both revisited for physical controls. "With a tablet that's as innovative as the ARCHOS GamePad 2, it was an easy decision to optimise our games for the platform," said Cyril Guilleminot, Gameloft Director for France & Benelux. "Users will be able to take part in a brand new gaming experience with its integrated physical control system."
Made for Gaming
HD IPS Screen
The ARCHOS GamePad 2 features a 7 inch HD screen perfect for gaming. The widescreen 1280 x 800 pixel resolution gives an amazing gaming and multimedia experience and IPS technology ensures amazing colours and brightness as well as perfect viewing angles
Powerful Processor, Larger Battery
Powered by an A9 generation quad-core processor running at 1.6GHz coupled with a fast Quad-Core graphics processor and 2GB of system RAM, the ARCHOS GamePad 2 has more than enough power to play the latest 3D games smoothly.
Thanks to super energy-efficient 28 nanometer processor technology and a much larger battery than normally used on a 7 inch tablet, the ARCHOS GamePad 2 has vastly improved battery life whether in gaming or simply when browsing the web.
Improved Thumb-Sticks, Buttons and Mapping Tool
The ARCHOS GamePad 2 features more precise, incurved dual thumb-sticks, double buttons on each shoulder, a single part directional pad and a vastly improved button click-feeling for a better physical gaming experience.
Combined with the updated version of the critically praised Game Mapping Tool, first featured on the GamePad 1, that lets users map any touch-screen button game to work with the physical controls, the ARCHOS GamePad 2 offers an improved android gaming experience for hundreds of thousands of free and paid games.
The ARCHOS GameZone - find the best games
To find great games faster, ARCHOS created the GamePad Game Zone application; curating over 1 million apps and games in the Google Play Store, the Game Zone shows off the best ARCHOS GamePad 2 compatible games.
With downloads, purchases, ratings, comments and game updates all taking place through the Google Play Store, users can get the best from the huge games catalogue available for the ARCHOS GamePad 2.
Storage for Games
The ARCHOS GamePad 2 is available in two storage sizes - 8GB and 16GB. Both versions include a microSD slot (64GB compatible) with app2sd support for extra storage.
Still a powerful Android Tablet
Though the ARCHOS GamePad 2 was designed with gaming in mind, it's still a fully functional Android tablet able to do everything that you expect from a tablet... and more, thanks to ARCHOS media applications. Additional key features and specs include:
· Android 4.2 'Jelly Bean'
· Google Certified with full access to the Google Play store and its 1 million apps and games, GamePad Game Zone app also included to find the best games
· Amazing Tablet Features: WiFi Display, HDMI, front stereo speakers, Front camera for video calling and an improved multi-media thanks to Archos Media Center applications
The ARCHOS GamePad 2 will be available at the end of October at €179.99 on www.ARCHOS.com.