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).
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.