Archos Gamepad 2 revealed

New Android-based gaming tablet with physical controls leaked

A new Android-based handheld console from Archos has been unofficially unveiled thanks to a slip-up on retail website HKTDC.

The Archos Gamepad 2 appeared on the Archos supplier page briefly before being swiftly pulled.

The tablet with wings

From the look of the picture, the Archos Gamepad 2 gets its gaming skills from the physical controls set around the display. These appear to include a D-pad, four main action buttons, dual analogue thumbsticks and at least two shoulder buttons. Those wings also provide enough room for front-facing speakers.

According to the listing, it has a 1.6GHz quad-core processor running a 7in, 1280 x 800px IPS display, 2GB of RAM and the option of 8GB or 16GB or storage.

It will also come preloaded with Asphalt 8: Airborne and Modern Combat 4, as well as the 'Archos mapping tool' for mapping some games' controls to the gamepad.

It doesn't appear to have the raw grunt of the soon-to-be-arriving Nvidia Shield, but we welcome any addition to the rather slim category of Android gaming tablets.

There's no word on a UK price or release date yet, but we'll keep you posted.

[Source: arctablet]

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