There’s no shortage of devices that allow you to play Android games. The NVIDIA Shield, Ouya and the yet to be released Mad Catz M.O.J.O are just some of the major offerings in this arena. Archos released a similar Android gaming device last year, it was called the GamePad. Archos has now launched the successor, GamePad 2, which brings a number of updates and improvements. Its also a fully functional Android tablet, so users get the best of both worlds.

The Archos GamePad 2 has a 7 inch 1,280×800 IPS display, a quadcore Mali 400 graphics processing unit, a 1.6GHz quadcore A9 processor backed up by 2GB of RAM. The GamePad 2 will be available in 8GB and 16GB flavours with both being able to facilitate external expansion through microSD cards. There’s a front facing camera as well and the entire contraption is powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Archos GamePad 2 also has the company’s button mapping software, which basically means that Android games can take advantage of its hardware controls. The GamePad 2 is going to be launched towards the end of October for roughly $250. It is priced almost the same as the upcoming M.O.J.O Android gaming console, though it releases quite a while before it, the M.O.J.O comes out December 10th and that too in “limited numbers.”

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