Archos preps second-gen GamePad tablet

Unbowed by the recent launch of Nvidia’s mighty Shield, Archos is reportedly prepping a second-gen GamePad tablet with a higher-res display, a faster processor, additional memory and more storage space. 

According to Liliputing’s Brad Linder, the new GamePad is equipped with a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor (most likely a RK3188 chip), a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, 2GB of RAM, 8GB-16GB of built-in storage, along with a microSD card slot for extra storage space. 

“What makes this a gaming tablet are the D-pads and buttons built into the case,” Linder explained.

“Archos make the GamePad 2 larger than most 7 inch tablets, but they let you hold onto the tablet by its sides, use your thumbs and fingers to mash buttons, and play games without your hands getting in the way of the action on the screen.”

And although the tablet does boast a capacitive touchscreen, the GamePad allows users to easily map buttons to control various games without the touch panel.

While retail pricing has yet to be announced, reports indicate the device will launch later this year (probably around holiday season) for a cool $200.