Archos launched its GamePad tablet in Europe back in December, and the company took the device to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week to show it off on the other side of the Atlantic. It has now confirmed that the device will make its debut in the United States in February, priced at a very reasonable $169.
For those who don’t know much about the GamePad, it’s an Android-powered tablet aimed at gamers that has both a touchscreen and physical controls. There’s a d-pad, two analog sticks, several buttons, and two shoulder triggers. It boasts a 7-inch 1024×600 IPS display, a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage.
The device ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean pre-installed, and has a microSD card slot for storage expansion. It also offers a USB 2.0 port, a mini HDMI port, a microphone, and a front-facing camera. It measures just 10mm thick, and weights 0.7 pounds. The physical controls work with a whole host of games developed for the Android platform, and Archos also offers its own pre-installed app that allows you to map keys yourself.
While the GamePad may not be the most powerful Android tablet there is, its specifications will certainly allow you to play the any game Google Play has to offer at this point. What’s more, its physical controls make it an ideal choice for any gamer who wants a device they can take anywhere.
Will you be picking up an Archos GamePad next month?