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The Archos Gaming Tablet is Now For Sale

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The Archos GamePad is now on sale in the States.

Archos confirmed on Friday that its Android-based 7-inch gaming tablet, the Archos GamePad, is now shipping here in the States for $179 USD. This was the cool gadget we saw during CES 2013 back in January sporting a Sony-like PSP form factor, placing physical controls on each side of the screen.

As reported months ago, the device sports a 7-inch capacitive touch screen supporting up to 5 simultaneous inputs and a 1024 x 600 resolution. Powering this "gablet" are two 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU cores and four Mali 400 MP GPU cores, 1 GB of RAM, and Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean". For storage, the gadget coughs up 8 GB of internal space (less than that after Android) and a microSD card slot for up to 64 GB of added space.

As for other features, the tablet provides a mini-HDMI output so you can play games on your HDTV while using the tablet as a gamepad, a USB 2.0 MTP port, a 1.2MP front-facing camera (the supposed 2MP rear camera isn't listed on specs or shown in press images), two built-in speakers, and Wi-Fi connectivity. It's 0.6-inches thin, and measures 9-inches by 4.6-inches.

On the gaming front, the tablet provides an analog thumbstick mounted on each side of the screen, directional buttons on the left and your typical ABXY setup on the right, and a shoulder button and two other buttons on each side. This prevents players from fighting with the touch screen, offering a better Android gaming experience.

Archos claims the device has an exclusive game mapping tool so that you can assign the buttons to whatever best suits your gaming (fragging) needs. It provides an easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface, allowing users to map a game in seconds. Mapping profiles automatically load when a game is launched, and hundreds of profiles are included for the most popular titles.

The Archos GamePad arrives months before Nvidia unleashes Project Shield, the Tegra 4-powered Android handheld that seemingly merges a 5-inch tablet with a game controller. So far Nvidia hasn't settled on a price, but it's part of the company's localized cloud gaming setup which allows a customer to stream PC games from their Kepler-based rig to the Android gaming handheld.

The Archos GamePad is available now for $179 at various online retailers.

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    nebun , March 22, 2013 3:30 PM
    why only 1GB RAM???
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    renz496 , March 22, 2013 3:40 PM
    ^upped the spec then it will starts to cost more.
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    renz496 , March 22, 2013 3:47 PM
    btw how will Mali 400 compared to other mobile gpu that will coming out this year?
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    dalethepcman , March 22, 2013 4:11 PM
    If it works nearly as good as all the other Archos devices I have tested, then this thing will rock for about a week!

    The it will start randomly crashing, throwinggraphics artifacts then finally being unable to boot.
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    guvnaguy , March 22, 2013 5:18 PM
    1024x600 for 2013? I realize lower res means better frames but cmon, that's pathetic. At least make it 1080. Otherwise looks like it could be a great
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    kinggraves , March 22, 2013 6:54 PM
    Fragging, really? I'm sure a lot of people will be choosing this to play the next FPS!

    So we're combining Archos cheap build quality, a processor that won't allow for Tegra Zone games, specs that are close to where chinese knockoff tablets are at, all for nearly the price of a Nexus 7. How could I pass that up?! Here's a protip for any console gamer, take a look at the D Pad. Notice how it's four separate buttons? This is what happens when people who don't know how to design game devices try their hand at it.

    Once these fail to sell, can we finally stop pretending this is something that people want?
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    falchard , March 22, 2013 7:53 PM
    I think my definition of a gaming device is different.
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    Devoteicon , March 22, 2013 8:29 PM
    What are those black things on the sides?
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    anxiousinfusion , March 22, 2013 8:39 PM
    Gaming tablet --- Racing tractor.
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    kyuuketsuki , March 22, 2013 10:01 PM
    This would be an interesting device (the specs are quite decent given the price), but that D-pad is just awful. How the hell can you design a gaming controller and not pay any attention to the past 20 years of controller design and say "y'know, maybe making the D-pad four separate, widely-spaced buttons is a terrible idea"?
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    teknic111 , March 23, 2013 12:40 AM
    so ugly
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    holdingholder , March 23, 2013 4:20 AM
    kinggravesFragging, really? I'm sure a lot of people will be choosing this to play the next FPS!So we're combining Archos cheap build quality, a processor that won't allow for Tegra Zone games, specs that are close to where chinese knockoff tablets are at, all for nearly the price of a Nexus 7. How could I pass that up?! Here's a protip for any console gamer, take a look at the D Pad. Notice how it's four separate buttons? This is what happens when people who don't know how to design game devices try their hand at it.Once these fail to sell, can we finally stop pretending this is something that people want?

    Playstation has been using that exact style of d-pad for last nearly 20 years.
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    goodegg , March 23, 2013 8:00 PM
    Yeah, but it's an Archos. Even at $79, I'm not sure I could find a use for it.
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    mman74 , March 24, 2013 8:34 PM
    Honestly, why don't you just root a Nexus 7 and pair it with your PS3 controller.
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    g00fysmiley , March 25, 2013 5:49 AM
    ... i like it! though want to see some revies before buying one but the gaming sticks look nice and being able to play games without putting fingerprints on the tablet appeals, also would like to see a possible scrolling on web pages, text docs, pdf fiels, and ebooks to not get anythign on the screen whiel reading, but again woudl need to see some reviews first and have it out a few months for any bugs to emerge. they might have a sale here in a few months though
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    g00fysmiley , March 25, 2013 5:51 AM
    mman74Honestly, why don't you just root a Nexus 7 and pair it with your PS3 controller.


    I do that with my galaxy nexus with sixaxis app , but the idea of nto carrying a controller seems nice. but mostly I liek the expandable memory, i would have bought a nexus 7 day 1 if it had a expandable memory slot and will never buy another nexus agian until they come with one, my 32 gig galaxy nexus has been full on data since about 2 weeks after getting the thing. I constantly have to exchange media and woudl be nice to just have a few memory cards for swapping wha tI want to be abel to use.