Archos has confirmed the follow-up to its original GamePad gaming tablet: the Archos GamePad 2. The Android slate comes with a 7-inch, 1280×800 resolution display, and is powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A9 chip, 2GB of RAM, and either 8 or 16GB of expandable storage. It runs Android 4.2.
But the distinctive feature here is still the GamePad’s design, which is reminiscent of a blown up PlayStation Vita. That HD display is surrounded by dual joysticks, a d-pad, and front and shoulder buttons for more traditional control of games from the Google Play store. Also included are a couple of front stereo speakers, a front facing webcam, an HDMI port, and built-in WiFi.
On the software front, Archos says it’s updated its ‘Game Mapping Tool’ for mapping button-based controls to any mobile game. Its ‘GamePad Game Zone’ market, which is effectively its version of Nvidia’s TegraZone curated store, is onboard as well. The device will go on sale in Europe for €179.99 by the end of October, with a US launch coming by the end of Q4 for $200.