Android-powered gaming systems are definitely on the rise as of late, with NVIDIA's SHIELD, OUYA, and the upcoming Mad Catz M.O.J.O., there's no shortage of ways to play Android games on something other than your phone or tablet. To keep up with the rest of the world, Archos has announced the sequel to its dedicated Android gaming system, the GamePad. I'll give you three guesses as to what the new version is called (and the first two don't count).

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The GamePad 2 looks to be a nice little update to last year's model, as it features a higher resolution display, faster processor, and more RAM. Also, like its predecessor, it features Archos' button-mapping software, so any Android game can take advantage of the physical controls. I'd be lying if I said I didn't want that on my SHIELD.

  • 7-inch 1280x800 IPS display
  • 1.6GHz Quad-core A9 processor
  • Quad-core Mali 400 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB/16GB internal storage, microSD card slot
  • Front-facing camera
  • 200.5 mm x 154 mm x 9.9 mm (7.9’’ x 6.0’’ x 0.39’’), 400g
  • Android 4.2.2

The GamePad 2 is set to launch at the end of October for €179.99 (~$245 USD). For more information, head to Archos' website.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Matthew Fry

    Can't you use GameKeyboard (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.locnet.gamekeyboard) with the Shield?

  • Cheeseball

    Exynos. :/

    • Francois Roy

      Stop dreaming!!

      Rockchip, most certainly. RK3066 or 3188..

      • Cheeseball

        I would prefer Rockchip's RK3066 over the Exynos 4 Dual (4212). At least it has better developer support compared to Samsung's offering.

  • Himmat Singh

    For a gaming tablet, the specs are really unimpressive. Come on...1.6GHh quad-core...? And even then, an A9? All the high end models are now 1.8Ghz quad A15s.

    I think even the GPU is not about the best in the field. 2GB RAM may be sufficient, but to hedge for the future you'd need 3GB by now.

    • mario

      yeah but at 180 euros?

      • Himmat Singh

        They should have a dual tier then. But really, if you want to buy a tablet for hardcore gaming, you can't buy an inferior one that will struggle to play the latest games six months down the road. You'd rather top up 30 Euros for better hardware. No?

    • Stacey Liu

      The GPU is actually pretty bad.

  • Zaatour36

    8gb an option for Gaming!

    man, I know they want to make cheap, but still you'll have limited storage.

    Should be 16gb/32gb, and better CPU

    • Boosti

      Gamepad 2 will exits in two versions : 8Gb and 16Gb.
      And you have MicroSD slot (up to 64 Gb) with App2sd support : It should be enough ...

  • David Hart

    Eh, I just bought a new Xperia play for $60.

    • dude

      I have an ATT and Verizon Play, it's one of my favorite phone, unlocked bootloader on both. The hardware just can't hold up anymore. It can only manage to run GB smoothly, which means there are lots of newer JB apps that it's not compatible with. You can get one for real cheap though, especially the Verizon version is dirt cheap and easy to unlock the bootloader.

  • Francois Roy

    @Cameron Give Gamekeyboard a shot! (available on the Play Store)

    It's pretty much the same thing as Archos' mapping app.

  • didibus

    This is quite a good idea actually. Google should make a Nexus 7 version that's sandwiched with game controls. I feel it would still be versatile enough to be a tablet, yet can be used for really good portable gaming.

    • David Hart

      Imagine joysticks that you could press down into the tablet to make a flat surface.

      • didibus

        Oh, that's a good idea, and they would lock in, but when you need them, they'd lock out. They could also maybe indent the buttons and joystick, so it's flush with the screen.

    • deltatux

      That would only service gamers, not everyone uses their tablets for games, there are lots of people who use tablets as ultra portable Internet surfing devices. The gaming buttons would just be in the way... that or there are those like me who use their tablets as their eBook readers and the gaming controls will definitely get in the way if there are game controls sandwiched to it. If they were separate add ons that are connected to Bluetooth that can be detachable, then ya, that might work but permanently attached to the device? Nope.

      • didibus

        I said Google should make a VERSION of the Nexus 7 that has game controls. Meaning, you can still buy the normal Nexus 7, but I could buy the gaming version of it.

        But, I also use the Nexus 7 as an ereader, and in that way, it functions marvelously in landscape mode, so no, the game controls would not be in the way, because you hold it from the widest edges, and the controls are on the smaller edges. You could still hold it from the bottom also, the controls are basically a slightly bigger bezel, so they'd actually give good grip for a bottom grab.

    • Primalxconvoy

      No they should release a phablet version of the xperia play, with slide out controls. Or release an official case that's similar to the Bladepad.

      • didibus

        The bladepad is pretty cool. I might get one.

        Hum, I don't know, I feel having the controls on the side of the screen gives you a better weight distribution. If you made it slide down, and 7 inch screen, you'd have to grip pretty hard on that controller to keep the whole thing steady.

        Damn, you can get used Xperia Play for 50$ hum... Can it play demanding games like Asphalt 8 without lagging?

        • Primalxconvoy

          I agree with the weight distribution, but I think the integrated and slide away controls trump that. I don't want to have to remove the controls and put them in my bag. If I need to fish around in my bag to play a game, I might as well use a portable console.

          • didibus

            Ya, that's true. Someone should make a bladepad like control, but have it slide on the side. Like half of it would slide right, the other half would slide left, that could be a good combination.

  • Bilal

    This is basically a galaxy note 2 with bigger screen and controls

  • tdurden64111

    Why would I honestly need a camera on this? If it will save even like $20, don't put it on there. Everyone has their phone on them at all times, so please, stop making cameras on portable gaming devices. No game ever effectively utilized them, not unless they made a real life Pokemon Snap that I never heard about.