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Archos Announces GamePad 2, Major Improvements and Priced at $200

GamePad 2

This morning, Archos announced the next rendition of its GamePad line, the GamePad 2. The original GamePad hit the market in America this past March, after being shown off at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. We got some hands-on time with it, but walked away somewhat unimpressed by its low-power processor and less-than-inspiring 7″ display. The GamePad 2 is Archos’ attempt at reinventing the device, and so far, it is looking like a major step in the right direction. 

For starters, it does feature a decent quad-core processor, clocked at 1.6Ghz with 2GB of RAM and running a clean version of Android 4.2 on top. In addition, they have upped the display quality, going with a 7″ IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. On top of the updated specs, the overall look is better, with a coat of black paint covering the device, instead of the cheaper grey color they used before.


  • 7″ IPS display 1280 x 800
  • Android 4.2
  • 1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8GB and 16GB storage options
  • microSD slot with support for 64GB cards
  • Front-facing camera
  • Dual-band WiFi
  • Lithium Polymer battery

While the specs paint a much better picture for gamers than the first GamePad model, we shall see how the market reacts to another Android-powered mobile game console.

Archos states the device should hit the market in Q4 of this year, priced at $199.99.



  • Rbq

    Me likey. There’s one of the originals on craigslist nearby for $100 I had to stop myself from purchasing on a whim.

  • Bobby Cornwell

    Please tell me how this DOESN’T rip off the Vita.

    • fauxshizzl

      It runs on Android and has the ability to play any emulator under the sun.

      • Bobby Cornwell

        I’m speaking more of the aesthetics, not software

        • fauxshizzl

          Oh my god! Someone made a handheld gaming device with controls exactly where they should be. I am not sure what else you would have expected.

    • XboxOne

      I prefer the PS Vita

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I like this one, but im not going to buy it. If Sony would put their phone software on the PSP and still let it run games from the ps4 and from the playstore I would invest. But I guess its more portable console than entertainment device. And less PSP game sales.

    • Big_EZ

      Dual boot the Vita with Android and I’d be sold. Have a partition locked down and untouchable with the Vita OS and a unlockable, rootable version of Android on another partition.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        i like this idea even more than mine.

  • mustbepbs

    Seriously? Is this 2011? A9? Sub HD display? Are they even trying?

    • beinghitesh

      might I add 1280 x 800. like seriously?

    • JoshGroff

      Wasn’t the Exynos quad from last year A9 as well?

    • c’mon man

      nothing pleases you? If it were a 1080p display and a slightly better processors and $250 – $300 you’d be complaining about the price. Don’t like it, don’t buy it

      • TynanDeRosa

        Considering they’re competing with things like the Fire HDX and the 2013 Nexus 7. It’s not enough to make people want it. Should have at least been an A15.

        • zurginator

          The problem being both of those can (and are) sold cheaper than what anyone else can do because the people selling them (Amazon and Google) make money from app sales.

          You are never going to see a device with the same specs as one of those sold at the same time, unless Amazon/Google change their system.

          Sure, a top-tier smartphone only costs like $220 in parts – but if you sell it for anywhere near that, you’re going to be bleeding at the end of the quarter.

      • mustbepbs

        No, old internals that won’t be able to run today’s games DOESN’T please me. This thing is targeted towards “mobile gamers”, and it isn’t packing the heat. If they want to compete with the SHIELD, they need to get with it.

    • Kyle Cordiano

      2GB of ram with a decent Quad Core processor will last.

    • Yooouuuu

      It’s a 7-inch screen. Gooby please

    • XboxOne

      You don’t go well with “Smartphone tech”
      . Go do something else.

    • michael arazan

      Trying to bring the price down for affordability, parents don’t or can’t always pay top dollar for gaming for their kids in this economy

  • Samvelavich

    This actually looks promising… Might pick one up myself for that price.

    • palomosan

      I could see myself buying this for my kids so they can leave my N7 2013 alone…but you know, I’ll be using it too.

      • Samvelavich

        Haha yeah it seems kinda stylish too.

  • picaso86

    Another look like PSP device… ugh

    • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

      so anything with a screen in the middle and joysticks on the side is a psp rip? C’mon. Sound like an Apple lawyer.

      • zurginator

        This does mimic quite a few of the PSP’s signature design elements (the rubber around the face buttons is the same, the 4-corner idea), but I do agree it shows enough difference (if only barely) that it’s not a big deal.