French electronics company Archos is taking aim at price-conscious tablet gamers with the newly revealed GamePad, an Android 4.0-powered 7-incher fitted with built in dual analog nubs, a D-pad, face buttons, and shoulder buttons (via The Verge). The clincher is the sub-$200 price tag, with an announced price of "less than €150," which converts to roughly $188 in U.S. dollars.
The device is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and features a Mali 400mp quad-core GPU, the same graphics processor used in the Samsung Galaxy Note mini-tablet. Oddly, there's no mention in the press release of screen resolution.
The GamePad is a Google-certified device, which means full access to Google Play and the full range of built-in G-apps. There's also patented "automatic game recognition and mapping tools" to ensure that the built-in console-style controls work with whatever you're playing.
The GamePad is expected to arrive in late October 2012, right around the same time that the more powerful (and presumably more expensive) 10-inch WikiPad gaming tablet is set to arrive.