I posted a review on here on the archos gamepad a year ago, now it looks like the gamepad 2 is on its way, better screen, faster and a bigger battery will help make it a keeper this time perhaps?

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ARCHOS GamePad 2 Announced

A hybrid tablet made for gamers; the GamePad 2 features a faster Quad-Core CPU, a 7" IPS HD screen and the proprietary ARCHOS Game Mapping Tool

ARCHOS, a pioneer in Android™ devices, is proud to announce its second generation tablet made for Gamers – the ARCHOS GamePad 2 available in Europe at the end of October at £179.99.

"Following the success of the GamePad 1, we knew that we could take the gaming-tablet concept further. With our GamePad 2 we have included an HD screen, better controls, a larger battery and a faster processor," said Loic Poirier ARCHOS CEO, "We're excited to be working with a leading games company like Gameloft to pre-install two visually stunning titles for an amazing gaming experience."

The ARCHOS GamePad 2 includes complete versions of Asphalt 8: Airborne and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour by Gameloft both revisited for physical controls. "With a tablet that's as innovative as the ARCHOS GamePad 2, it was an easy decision to optimise our games for the platform," said Cyril Guilleminot, Gameloft Director for France & Benelux. "Users will be able to take part in a brand new gaming experience with its integrated physical control system."

Made for Gaming

• HD IPS Screen

The ARCHOS GamePad 2 features a 7 inch HD screen perfect for gaming. The widescreen 1280 x 800 pixel resolution gives an amazing gaming and multimedia experience and IPS technology ensures amazing colours and brightness as well as perfect viewing angles

• Powerful Processor, Larger Battery

Powered by an A9 generation quad-core processor running at 1.6GHz coupled with a fast Quad-Core graphics processor and 2GB of system RAM, the ARCHOS GamePad 2 has more than enough power to play the latest 3D games smoothly.

Thanks to super energy-efficient 28 nanometer processor technology and a much larger battery than normally used on a 7 inch tablet, the ARCHOS GamePad 2 has vastly improved battery life whether in gaming or simply when browsing the web.

• Improved Thumb-Sticks, Buttons and Mapping Tool

The ARCHOS GamePad 2 features more precise, incurved dual thumb-sticks, double buttons on each shoulder, a single part directional pad and a vastly improved button click-feeling for a better physical gaming experience.

Combined with the updated version of the critically praised Game Mapping Tool, first featured on the GamePad 1, that lets users map any touch-screen button game to work with the physical controls, the ARCHOS GamePad 2 offers an improved android gaming experience for hundreds of thousands of free and paid games.

• The ARCHOS GameZone – find the best games

To find great games faster, ARCHOS created the GamePad Game Zone application; curating over 1 million apps and games in the Google Play™ Store, the Game Zone shows off the best ARCHOS GamePad 2 compatible games.

With downloads, purchases, ratings, comments and game updates all taking place through the Google Play™ Store, users can get the best from the huge games catalogue available for the ARCHOS GamePad 2.

• Storage for Games

The ARCHOS GamePad 2 is available in two storage sizes - 8GB and 16GB. Both versions include a microSD slot (64GB compatible) with app2sd support for extra storage.

• Still a powerful Android Tablet

Though the ARCHOS GamePad 2 was designed with gaming in mind, it's still a fully functional Android tablet able to do everything that you expect from a tablet... and more, thanks to ARCHOS media applications.

Additional key features and specs include:

Android 4.2™ 'Jelly Bean'
Google Certified with full access to the Google Play store and its 1 million apps and games, GamePad Game Zone app also included to find the best games
Amazing Tablet Features: WiFi Display, HDMI, front stereo speakers, Front camera for video calling and an improved multi-media thanks to Archos Media Center applications
The ARCHOS GamePad 2 will be available at the end of October at €179.99 on [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].