French consumer electronics company, Archos, has officially announced the GamePad 2, a hybrid Android tablet built for gamers. Borrowing much of its success from the original GamePad 1, the GamePad 2 is donning a faster processor, a larger battery, and an HD screen. And to kick off the announcement, Archos has also partnered with popular gaming company, Gameloft, to pre-install full versions of Asphalt 8: Airborne and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour - all for free.
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For starters, the Archos GamePad 2 has a 7-inch HD display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution. Under the hood is an A9 generation quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz and a quad-core graphics chip. All of that power is backed by a 2GB RAM and 8GB/ 16GB storage options. Don't frown about the storage though as it can be expanded via microSD, so everything is pretty neat so far.
Design-wise, the GamePad 2 has spot on gaming features. Take for example the dual thumb sticks and double buttons, and not mention Archos's Game Mapping Tool that allows gamers to map any touch-screen button game to work with the physical controls. Running Android 4.2. Jelly Bean, the Archos GameOad 2 will retail for €179.99. It's coming to Europe first this month, so keep an eye on it.