Archos launched its 7 inch Android-based GamePad tablet back in August 2012 but the device apparently didn’t do well in the market as they predicted. The earlier device specs included Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, packed the Rockchip RK3066 SoC with a dual core setup ticking at 1.6Ghz coupled with 1GB of RAM. Arranged in landscape mode, the GamePad’s screen resolution is 1024 x 600, comes with a quad-core Mali-400MP4 GPU, provided excellent frame rates without too much battery consumption. 8GB of storage provided enough internal storage for the average gamer but this could be increased with a MicroSD slot.
Just a year down the line, yet another second generation model has been spotted at the FCC and new technological additions will include Wireless N and Bluetooth support that the previous model did not support. Other new additions as far as the hardware is concerned may include a doubled up internal storage to 26GB with an optional 16GB model also available, 1.6 GHz quad-core SoC with four GPU cores, 2GB RAM and a SD slot will be provided for up to 64GB just as the previous models. The doubling up of the Memory and the overall processor speed is expected to increase the loading speeds of the games and give a better user experience in comparison to the previous model.
The Archos GamePad 2 will sport a slightly more dense 1,280 x 800 resolution, 7-inch IPS display in comparison with the previous model’s 1024 x 800 resolution. The physical design is also slightly changed with one button removed from the left controls and at least two added on the shoulders of the device in what appears to be a transparent plastic button make. The analog sticks appear to be closer to the action and directional buttons, possibly giving way to larger speakers.
The tablet will also come packed with Gameloft’s Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, and the typical Google assortment of apps like Gmail, Google Play, Google Plus and so on. So far it’s unknown what version of Android this tablet will use, but most probably it will bag a 4.2 jellybean or a higher version. Well, let’s await the official release and Pocketdroid will definitely update you on any new developments.