Though Archos is not exactly what you’d call a world-renowned consumer electronics manufacturer, the OEM sure likes to keep its hands busy and product line-up diverse.
Their raft of Android-based products includes both high-end and entry-level smartphones, top-notch and low-cost tablets and even crazy niche products like the ChefPad cooking aid. Oh, and they’re also very focused on the handheld gaming market, alongside Nvidia and Ouya’s makers, despite the general opinion being that’s not a battle worth fighting. Or not right now.
But maybe the GamePad 2 will change all that. After all, if we are to take an online retailer’s slip-up for granted (and it does look legit), the 7-incher will massively step things up compared with the underwhelming 2012 first-gen gaming slate.
Rocking pretty much the same exact design as its predecessor, with 14 physical buttons and dual analog thumb-sticks that’ll come in handy when using this thing as its creators want you to, the GamePad 2 bumps up the screen resolution to 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution. And ditches last year’s dual-core 1.6 GHz processor in favor of a mysterious quad-core unit with the same clock speed (not MediaTek, anything but MediaTek).
Not enough of a step-up? Maybe the RAM doubling (from 1 to 2 gigs) will put a bigger smile on your faces. It doesn’t? Then I’m afraid you’ll have to wait for an official announcement to maybe hear of other upgrades, as the rest of the features known at this time are not that hot: 8 and 16 GB on-board storage options, microSD support and an unmentioned version of Android with full Google Play access.
There’s also the always crucial question of pricing, albeit I’m pretty sure Archos won’t disappoint in that particular department. Now if only there were better games out there for Androids.