French device-maker Archos confirmed it will start selling gaming tablet GamePad in the U.S. shores sometime in February for only $169. Launched in November in Europe for $150 Euro (about $194), the GamePad is a 7-inch Android tablet with a set of action buttons and dual analog and dual analog sticks on the sides, plus a key mapping tool that allows non-optimized games to work with the controllers. The GamePad was popular with gamers in Europe as the initial stock sold out in just a few hours.
What Else You Need To Know
- The GamePad packs a 7-inch display with resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 chip with quad-core Mali 400 graphics processor and 1GB of RAM, front-facing camera, 8GB of storage, microSD slot, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
- The GamePad is light and thin, measuring just 10 mm thick and weighing 0.7 pounds.
That, of course, is extremely affordable. Then again, all of Archos’ products are, so no surprises here.- Vlad Bobleanta, Unwired View
Some users might be more inclined to go with a standalone tablet and pair it with a Bluetooth game controller for the sake of flexibility, but this is a nice, inexpensive package for anyone looking for little more than something to get their game on with.- Quentyn Kennemer, Phandroid
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Archos GamePad US release coming in February 2013
Bottom line here, if you are in the US and have been waiting for the release of the GamePad — you may want to start setting aside some money as the release should be here sooner rather than later.
Archos GamePad available in February for $169
What sets this tablet apart from other Android tablets is its 14 physical buttons on the sides, as well as dual-analog thumbsticks, and an exclusive button-mapping tool that allows users to enjoy games without relying on on-screen controls.
Archos GamePad coming to the United States February 2013
Some users might be more inclined to go with a standalone tablet and pair it with a Bluetooth game controller for the sake of flexibility, but this is a nice, inexpensive package for anyone looking for little more than something to get their game on with.
Archos GamePad U.S. release date set for February
It features a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 resolution display, which is acceptable but not fantastic considering you’re gaming. My guess is that the lower resolution will help render a few more frames per second.
- Archos GamePad Arriving in the US in February, Priced at $170/€125
Archos GamePad will be available in the US in February for $169
That, of course, is extremely affordable. Then again, all of Archos’ products are, so no surprises here.
Archos GamePad Coming To U.S.in February for $169
Archos built its own app that lets gamers map virtual buttons from games to the physical buttons of the tablet. That way gamers can play any game with the physical buttons without worrying about whether games support controllers or not.
Archos GamePad set to launch state side in February
The GamePad has been floating around Europe since December and we have all been eagerly awaiting an announcement as to when the US would be able to enjoy the gaming tablet
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- Archos GamePad hitting US in February for $170
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- Archos GamePad hitting the U.S. in February with a price tag of $169