Playing games on Android phones and tablets is nothing new, but most of time you have to play on the touchscreen. Not many Android devices on the market have integrated physical gaming button. Sony has the first attempt with the Xperia Play PlayStation phone with sliding gamepad, and here comes Archos‘ new GamePad 7-inch Android gaming tablet.
The GamePad features 14 physical buttons, including D-pad, four actions buttons, two shoulder buttons and dual analog thumb-sticks to “bring the physical aspect back to the gaming experience”. The device is powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core processor with Mali 400 MP quad-core GPU and 1GB of RAM, and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with full access to Google Play for downloading games. Though designed for gaming, the tablet works like other Android devices, and gets a 7-inch 1024×600 capacitive touchscreen display.
Using the mini HDMI output, you can connect the GamePad to your HDTV for playing games and watching movies on a big screen. The tablet also sports a front-facing camera, built-in speaker, 8GB onboard storage and a microSD/SDHC supporting up to 32GB. It supports WiFi connectivity.
The Archos GamePad is now available in Europe for Euro 149.99 and will be released in North America in Q1 2013.