By Alexandra Burlacu | Oct 18, 2012 08:23 AM EDT
Archos announced an innovative gaming tablet called the GamePad the end of August, and now a hands-on demo video has emerged showing the gadget's capabilities.
The GamePad features a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Under the hood, the gadget packs a 1.5GHz Rockchip RK3066 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor that works in tandem with a quad-core Mali-400MP4 graphics chip.
The main attraction, however, is that Archos has built the tablet into a dedicated gaming pad with all the triggers, controls, and bumpers gamers are so accustomed to. While the original announcement back in August slated the GamePad for an October release, Archos has not confirmed an exact launch date yet.
With dual-analog sticks, buttons on both side of the screen, and an HDMI output, the GamePad seems to be targeting a well-determined demographic: Android gamers who cannot or will not spend $499 on a WikiPad.
The gamer-focused Android tablet with dual-analog sticks stirred plenty of interest then, especially with its reported price tag of 150 euro (about $195). New hardware details and a hands-on demonstration have now surfaced, painting a clearer picture of what to expect from the GamePad.
ArmDevices got some hands-on time with the GamePad, and the video (watch below) aims to shed some light in regards to the gadget's capabilities. The first couple of minutes in the demo video are the most enlightening, showing off the button mapping tools. Next up, the video shows roughly five minutes of gameplay, which includes Cordy, and some emulators. From the looks of it, Archos seems to have implemented the control aspect quite well.
As it appears in the hands-on video, the gyroscopic tilt controls may be less than optional. The GamePad, however, might compensate for this slight inconvenience by allowing players to map steering controls to either analog stick or any of the tablet's buttons.
While Archos has not yet announced a firm release date for its GamePad, the 7-inch gaming tablet is expected to become available by the end of October. Meanwhile, check out the hands-on video to get a general idea of how it works.
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