Archos GamePad is £130 Android-packing 7-inch gaming tablet

Tired of tapping on glass? Archos is giving you analogue joysticks and physical buttons to mash with your Android tablet.

Gamers prep your thumbs: Archos has announced a 7-inch portable games console that will run Google's Android OS and carry a sub-£130 price-tag.

If you've been lusting after the  Playstation Vita but can't quite afford Sony's prices then read on.

In addition to a generously-proportioned capacitive touchscreen pane, the GamePad has a full complement of physical control buttons and analogue sticks to keep your thumbs busy.

Under the hood is a 1.5GHz chip and a Mali 400MP quad-core GPU. Pocketlint reports the GamePad will also be Google certified so you'll get access to Google's Play Store to download games and apps. You'll also be able to map touch controls to the tab's physical keys so you can mash its buttons and batter its joysticks rather than dabbing your fingers on glass.

"Until now, tablets provided gamers with touch controls that lacked response and compatibility, providing a disappointing gaming experience. As one of the main tablet uses, there is a strong need for a tablet that does more for gaming," said Archos in a statement.

Considering the GamePad is a Nexus 7 -sized Android tablet, you will also presumably be able to download books and TV shows from Google Play too, should you want to use it for more typical tablet activities.

The GamePad's launch date is pegged for the end of October -- which is perfect timing for it to be swept up in the gadget-guzzling Christmas shopping rush. 

Archos announced the GamePad tablet at the IFA tech conference that's taking place in Berlin this week. Stay tuned to CNET UK for more from the show's gadget-infested halls. 

Are you excited by the prospect of a £130 gaming tablet or would you rather just buy Google's Nexus 7? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or sound off on our Facebook page.

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Natasha Lomas is the Mobile Phones Editor for CNET UK, where she writes reviews, news and features. Previously she was Senior Reporter at Silicon.com, covering mobile technology in the business sphere. She's been covering tech online since 2005.

 

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