Does the Archos GamePad gaming tablet use a Rockchip RK3066?

Archos has announced a brand-new Android-based gaming tablet at IFA 2012 in Germany. The GamePad, as the device is called, follows the launch of the Archos 101 XS tablet last week.

The tablet, which was just announced today, has yet to crop up on Archos’ website, but it will ship with a 7in display (possibly with a 1,280 x 800 resolution), a dual-core system-on-chip clocked at 1.5GHz with a Mali 400MP quad-core GPU, full access to Google Play (thanks to Ice Cream Sandwich) but no Sony PlayStation Certification yet.

Other features include proper buttons, Gameloft’s Asphalt 7 racing game, and a retail price of around 150 euros (that’s £120 roughly). The tablet is expected to be launched in October.

Archos has yet to reveal whether the tablet comes with a capacitive display (although that’s almost a certainty), whether it has a front- and/or rear-facing camera, and whether it has microSD card slot.

It’s worth noting that the SoC is more than likely to be a Cortex-A9-based Rockchip RK3066, which is designed by a Chinese company and is said to be a game-changing chipset - so much so that Archos may have chosen to switch from its usual partner, TI, to this newcomer.