Archos GamePad with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Ships to U.S. in Q1 2013 - HotHardware
Archos GamePad with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Ships to U.S. in Q1 2013

Archos GamePad with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Ships to U.S. in Q1 2013

Archos on Thursday announced the retail availability of its new GamePad device, or the "first true Android games console," as the company pitches it. The Android-powered GamePad is a new type of tablet that combines physical gaming button controls and Archos' patented mapping tool with a full Android tablet experience built around Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). It features full access to Google Play and Google Mobile Services.

It's also only available in Europe for the time being, where it's selling for 149.99€, or $194.75 in U.S. currency. Speaking of which, Archos says the GamePad is destined for U.S. shores in the first quarter of 2013.

Archos GamePad

"Android device users spend more than 9 hours a month gaming on their devices and yet are not completely satisfied with the touch-screen experience," says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO of Archos. "We feel this area of gaming is proven and will continue to grow. With the introduction of the GamePad we are uniquely positioned to feed the demand of gamers who want a better gaming experience on a tablet."

There are 14 physical buttons and dual analog thumbsticks on the GamePad. It has a 7-inch screen with five points of capacitive touch, 16 million colors, and a 1024x600 resolution. The GamePad is just 0.3 inches thin and weighs 0.7 pounds, so it's not likely to make your hands or arms tired after extended gaming sessions.

Other hardware consists of a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU, quad-core Mali 400 MP GPU, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, and mini HDMI output.
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This would be much cooler as an add-on device rather than a separate device all in itself.  Imagine if you could expand or retract the top and bottom to fit onto your phone, that would be a product worth paying for.

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Double post.

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I think we need a "phone gaming adapter. " Somebody make it so!

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@Dave

Have you heard of the PhoneJoy?

It's on kickstarter right now and is supposed to be adaptable for a large range of portable devices like phones and small tablets. It works through blutooth and would pretty much make any smart mobile device the same thing as the Archos GamePad

 

Here's the link for anyone who wants to check it out!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phonejoy/phonejoy-play-turn-your-phone-into-a-console

 

@Dorkstar

Couldn't agree with you more, the fact that controller controls are integrated means using it as a normal tablet becomes awkward and unattractive. An add on for game controls is much better. I also don't get why they didn't go with at least a 720p resolution, visuals are a huge aspect of gaming so you might as well be able to view them in some form of high definition

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@OSunday

Cool, I just saw the PhoneJoy the other day and was thinking of backing it.

 

I'm currently waiting for this other controller, backed it in October and looking forward to playing around with it.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1703567677/icontrolpad-2-the-open-source-controller

It's great to see all these alternatives popping up, since I Iike the idea of an add-on controller versus built in.  It's too bad the Archos pad doesn't detach from the side controller parts, that would be pretty nifty.

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OSunday:

@Dorkstar

Couldn't agree with you more, the fact that controller controls are integrated means using it as a normal tablet becomes awkward and unattractive. An add on for game controls is much better. I also don't get why they didn't go with at least a 720p resolution, visuals are a huge aspect of gaming so you might as well be able to view them in some form of high definition

At this price point, and with that horrible resolution, it just seems like one of those $2 pocket games your grandmother puts in your stocking every year. 

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Hahaha that strikes to close to home!
My Grandma would by my brother and sisters us those all the time because she knew we liked video games and thought those were what we were talking abotu!

The little black and white race car or baseball games... I don't even know what type of display the kind it uses are called but it's usually got like 5 or so pictures that darken as the game plays

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My wife's grandmother gets all the girls barbies (regardless of age),all the boys sicks and one of those crappy handheld games every year.  It's horribly perdictable.

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Resolution is too low, but it is a decent idea.

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