Archos thinks there’s money to be made in game-centric tablets hence it unveiled its GamePad, a 7-inch tablet with dedicated control buttons and two analogue sticks. It’s a mass-market device that will be offered for some 150 EUR (less than $190) with its specs including a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and quad-core Mali 400 MP GPU, and full access to Google’s Play Store. In addition, the French company also prepared a special software that automatically maps virtual controls to the GamePad’s physical control buttons, making for a better gaming experience. When it comes to availability, Archos says that its baby will be released in October.
Now we like what Archos is doing but can’t help to note that we would prefer to see NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor under the GamePad’s hood. Sure enough, that would make the tablet more expensive, but would eventually bring along better graphics as well as all those Tegra-exclusive titles. Perhaps releasing a new Tegra GamePad could do the job, what do you think?