Archos took advantage of Ice Cream Sandwich’s native support for physical gaming controls and developed a 7-inch touchscreen handheld called “the GamePad”.

According to a press release (PDF), the specs include:

The GamePad features a 7-inch, capacitive screen, physical control buttons and analog sticks. This Google certified tablet has full access to Google PlayTM for the tens of thousands of games available, runs a dual-core processor @ 1.5 GHz combined with a Mali 400mp quad-core GPU. In addition, the GamePad includes automatic game recognition and mapping tools – patented technology to ensure control compatibility with every advanced Android game.

A quick read through the presser reveals Archos’ primary focus for the GamePad is on physical gaming controls. The “gaming tablet,” as Archos dubbed it, boasts dual analog sticks, shoulder buttons, a D-Pad, and four face buttons. So, for Google Play store access, hardware and visual controls, and a touchscreen, users can snag this more-than-decent handheld in October for “less than €150″ (or $188 USD).

[via The Verge]

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