Online retailer PC World is selling the Archos GamePad Android-based tablet for £114 down from its SRP of £130. You need to use the code PCWX5 at check out to bring the price down and you also get a free three-months subscription to Times Digital, a gift worth £55.
The Archos GamePad was unveiled late last year and we reviewed it back in January 2013, finding out a few shortcomings. Since then, Archos has issued a firmware update which should solve some of the issues we encountered.
The tablet itself runs on a Rockchip RK3066 SoC; this is a model that runs at 1.6GHz, has two cores, four Mali-400 GPU cores and is based on the Cortex-A9 architecture (both the HP Slate 7 and the Dell Ophelia use the same chip).
Other features include Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 7in 1,024 x 600 pixel capacitive display, dedicated gaming buttons, 1GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a mini-HDMI out, a microUSB one, Wi-Fi, a front-facing camera and full access to Google Play.
Archos has included an interesting mapping feature that allows you to map the console’s controls to those of “virtually” any games using an intuitive drag and drop interface.