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Archos Android GamePad out now

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Archos has launched the GamePad, its new Android-based handheld device.

Unveiled at IFA 2012, the GamePad is available from the official Archos store for £129.99.

Archos 7-inch Android GamePad


Powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Google-certified device features physical buttons, analogue sticks and touchscreen functionality.

It runs on a 1.6GHz dual-core processor with a Mali 400mp quad-core GPU for 3D graphics capabilities.

GamePad users will have access to a vast library of games via the Google Play store, offering a larger software library than the PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS.

In addition to gaming, users will also have the ability to check emails, search the internet and download apps.



The system also includes a unique mapping tool, enabling users to map touchscreen controls to physical buttons.

Archos CEO Henri Crohas said that the device was designed to satisfy the demands of the Android gamer.

"Android device users spend more than 9 hours a month gaming on their devices and yet are not completely satisfied with the touchscreen experience," explained Crohas.

"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," he added.

Currently out of stock, a new shipment of Archos GamePads is expected on December 18.

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