(TS) – Despite missing its promised February launching date, the Archos Gamepad is now available for purchase in the United States. The 7-inch Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” device will run most Google Play games, while also allowing users to customize their preferred control scheme for each game.
What’s so unique about this piece of machinery is its 14 physical buttons that are split up on the sides, and there’s even dual analog thumbsticks, as well as an exclusive button-mapping tool that allows users to play Android games without relying on on-screen controls. The GamePad comes with a 7-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1024×600, which isn’t too impressive, but shouldn’t be a big deal if you’re not gung-ho about pixel density.
Under the hood there’s a 1.6GHz dual-core processor accompanied by a quad-core Mali-400 MP4 graphics chip. The tablet also has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage capacity, but the device comes with a built-in microSD card slot that can be used to add up to 32GB of extra storage space. The tablet is available now on Amazon, but we expect it to hit other online retailers shortly.
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