Archos is preparing to release a second-generation of its gaming device. The GamePad 2 will be a follow up to the original GamePad that was announced in January at CES. It looks lie we will not have to wait too long for the device to arrive at the stores. How do we know? Firstly, because the GamePad 2 recently swung by FCC. Secondly and more important, the device was spotted at in a product page at the HKTDC website where its key features were revealed.
GamePad 2 Android gaming device
The GamePad 2 comes with significant upgrades over the previous model. The device features the screen of unchanged 7-inch size, however, resolution was improved from 1024 x 600 to 1280 x 800 pixels. The processor powering the GamePad 2 still clocks at 1.6 GHz but Archos added two more cores to the quad-core chip from the original device. Other enhancements include memory, both RAM and onboard. The GamePad 2 packs 2 GB of RAM and either 8 GB or 16 GB of internal memory.
If you find yourself in need of more storage, the device offers a microSD slot for memory expansion compatible with up to 64 GB cards. The layout of the buttons remains the same as on the previous model, however, their design has been slightly altered. The device will ship pre-loaded with several games and apps including Airborne and Modern Combat 4 by Gameloft, Google Play, Google Maps, Google+, YouTube and Gmail.
Pricing of the GamePad 2 has not been revealed but taking into account upgraded features and previous model’s cost, something around $200 seems like a safe bet.