Better looking and faster than before
Archos on Monday unveiled its GamePad 2, the company's second generation handheld tablet made for gamers. The Archos 2 features a 7-inch HD (1280x800) In-Plane Switching (IPS) display powered by an A9 generation quad-core processor built on a 28nm manufacturing process and clocked at 1.6GHz. The CPU is coupled with a quad-core Mali 400 graphics processor and 2GB of system RAM.
The other big improvement is battery life. By pairing a 28nm chip with a 50 percent bigger battery, Archos claims its GamePad 2 lasts significantly longer than its first generation handheld. Other features include 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, front-facing webcam, micro USB 2.0 port, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, two analog sticks, 6 front-facing buttons, 4 should buttons, a D-Pad, HDMI output (via mini HDMI), built-in speakers, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
"Following the success of the GamePad 1, we knew that we could take the gaming-tablet concept further. With our GamePad 2 we have included an HD screen, better controls, a larger battery and a faster processor," said Loic Poirier (PDF) , Archos CEO, "We're excited to be working with a leading games company like Gameloft to pre-install two visually stunning titles for an amazing gaming experience."
The GamePad 2 will be available at the end of October for €179.99 (around $243) in the U.K. No word on when it will land stateside.
A spokesperson for Archos tells Maximum PC the GamePad 2 will be available in the U.S. in the fourth quarter for $200 MSRP.