Updated on February 19th, 2013
Gaming on a tablet has seen a huge surge since Apple made the platform popular when it launched the iPad. Many apps have been made available on both the iOS and Android platform and with the ever-increasing number of tablet owners, tablet gaming has also been more popular. With this trend, it is only natural for manufacturers to make tablets with physical control buttons. The Sony PSP and the Nintendo DS are the most popular mobile gaming devices with physical buttons. Companies like Archos are now trying to see if it can bring the same gaming platform to Android tablets.
Tablet maker Archos unveiled the GamePad a few days ago. It is essentially a 7-inch Android tablet but it is also clearly a gaming tablet since it has physical gaming controls on either side.
The Archos GamePad is a Wi-Fi only device, which means connecting to the internet can only be done through Wi-Fi. Like any other Android tablet, it has access to Google Play so users can install games and apps. It can also be used to surf the web and manage email.
In terms of hardware, the Archos GamePad appears to be a capable tablet. It will sport a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU and a Mali 400 MP quad-core GPU. The GamePad will have 1GB of RAM but the internal storage is unknown for now. What’s only been revealed so far is that it will have a microSD slot that is expandable up to 64GB. Connectivity ports include a Micro-USB port and a mini-HDMI output and it’ll include. It will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box but a Jelly Bean update is a possibility.
The Archos GamePad will be available worldwide beginning October. The specific date of availability in the Philippines is not yet known. The Archos GamePad will be priced at about $188.