Archos brought us the Chefpad and the Childpad. And now it seems that its initial run of the GamePad has been successful enough to warrant a second version, which is likely to be known as the GamePad 2. A (rendered) picture of the device as well as some details surfaced on a website from Hong-Kong (and reported by Arctablet) and was swiftly pulled down.
It looks like Archos will continue its collaboration with Rockchip, bringing onboard its RK3188 SoC in lieu of the RK3066 which powered the first version. That model is a quad-core Cortex-A9 model clocked at 1.6GHz, rather than a Cortex-A5 or Cortex-A7 that power entry-level quad-core devices.
There will be 2GB of RAM, a 7in IPS display with a 1,280 x 800 pixel display (up from 1,024 x 600 pixels), dual analog sticks with a mapping tool from Archos, 8 or 16GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot plus Android Jelly Bean. The spec sheet also indicated that the tablet will receive Asphalt 8: Airborne as well as Modern Combat 4, both titles by Gameloft.
Many criticised the poor initial implementation of the controls which made of the first GamePad a poor man’s equivalent of the Sony PS Vita. It’s worth noting that the current Archos tablet is being cleared out with prices falling as low as £69 at Tesco, which is around half its suggested retail price. Check out our review of the original Archos GamePad gaming tablet here.