The GamePad is running Andrid 4.1 on a 1.6GHz dual-core Rockchip CPU. That's a CPU we're going to see on a lot of budget tablets this year, and like those budget tablets the GamePad also has a Mali-400 (quad-core) GPU. That is a decent start for a tablet, but performance will probably not match premium tablets like the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, or others.
The tablet has a capacitive touchscreen with a screen resolution of 1024x600, matching the screen shipped on last year's Kindle Fire. It also has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of Flash storage, microSD card slot, front-facing VGA camera, 2 speakers, microphone, and an HDMI port. There is Wifi but no Bluetooth.
The GamePad's chief claim to fame are the gaming controller buttons grafted on either side of the screen. The 2 thumbsticks are paired with no less than 12 buttons on the face of the tablet as well as a pair of shoulder triggers on the upper edge.
All in all it looks to me like Archos has taken a run of the mill budget tablet and grafted a gaming controller on to it. They seem to have done a good job, too. Wired posted a review today, and they were somewhat impressed:
WIRED Delivers a terrific gaming experience, but only with certain kinds of games. Handsome design and thumb-friendly control layout. Bright screen flanked by decent speakers. Priced lower than competing 7-inch tablets that don’t have game controls.
TIRED Thumb-sticks? More like dumb-sticks. Control-mapping can be cumbersome, and you can’t map screen-swipes. Non-removable battery offers so-so battery life.
The GamePad was first introduced in August 2012, and shipped in Europe in December 2012. You can find this tablet on Amazon.