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ARCHOS, in an announcement that ambitiously looks to "revolutionize" Android gaming, has just unveiled the GamePad – a 7-inch, dual-core gaming tablet with built in controls (including buttons, a d-pad, triggers, and analog sticks) that remind us a little bit of Sony's PSP.

The interesting bit about this tablet is that it includes "automatic game recognition and mapping tools" which ARCHOS promises will "ensure control compatibility with every advanced Android game."

Of course, one of the most important things about a mobile device meant to center around gaming is its spec sheet. We aren't privy to the entire list of specs just yet, but here's what we do know: the GamePad will pack a yet unspecified dual-core processor at 1.5GHz with a Mali 400 quad-core GPU.

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While the GamePad is clearly geared for gaming, that's not all it can do. The device will be shipped with Android 4.0, and will of course have access to the Play Store's full catalog of games and apps. ARCHOS' press release reassures potential customers that ARCHOS has something special on their hands with the game mapping system. Founder and CEO Henri Crohas explained

Thanks to the mapping and automatic game recognition systems included on the GamePad, we already have over a thousand Android games compatible with the ARCHOS GamePad's physical controls, including back catalog titles that originally didn't include physical controls.

As for pricing and availability? ARCHOS, in its press release, indicated that the device will be available starting in October for "less than 150€," with no mention of region or exact date. Of course, we'll keep you updated as more information about the GamePad is revealed. Until then, ARCHOS encourages game developers to get their games mapped for the device by emailing GamePad@archos.com.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • ilost

    Now sue that Fagpple :D

  • Aleem Qureshi

    It doesnt just remind of us of the PSP it is pretty close to being a dead ringer, Archos will want to be careful before Sony pulls an Apple

  • http://twitter.com/gregb7677 Greg B.

    If they do this right it could be very interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/stifnec Serwen

    I want one!

  • IncCo

    Looks pretty cool

  • Keyz Karanza

    Between this and Ouya, I may never have to resort to 'name brand' gaming again. Just hope the tech specs push the envelope so it doesn't need to be replaced every other year to keep up.

    • carbonated_turtle

      This is the beginning of the end for traditional console gaming. If Sony and Microsoft even bother with another console after their already outdated ones, it'll be too little too late.

  • Anonymous

    These have been floating around in China for a good while now. Look up JXD or Yinlips, I got a JXD S5110 (5" game tablet) and it's pretty good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/csoulr666 Ahmad Nadeem

    It looks like a freakishly large PSvita........I dont thing it would be that comfortable for long gaming

    • Paul_Werner

      I pulled up this link from my RSS just to say what you said 5 hours ago, lol

  • ari_free

    Android needs games that you can't have on ios. This is how you get there and I hope Archos isn't the only one. PC's eventually beat Macs for gaming because Apple insisted on a one button mouse

  • http://twitter.com/TrevorClibery Trevor Clibery

    Just remember how bad Archos products and customer service is though...

  • http://twitter.com/Joecascio2000 Joseph Cascio

    For $150 I guarantee you my sale. More than that and it's borderline, not worth having another android device around the house. Also they should try to partner up with OUYA.

  • http://jasamandroid.com/portal/ JaSamAndroid

    Funny :D