Archos Is Back For Round Two

After the mediocre success of the Gamepad it looks as though Archos is going to be having another stab at the 7 inch handheld market. The Gamepad 2 improves on the original in many ways, this time with a higher resolution 1280×800 panel and the quad core RK3188 instead of the dual core RK3066 found …

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JXD S7300 GamePad 2 Review

Although this review may come a little late for some, it’s been difficult to judge when the best time for it would be. On the one hand earlier is better, it gives you time to make an informed decision before gadget lust sets in and you transfer your Paypal balance half way across the world. …

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Whoosh. There Goes The Archos GamePad.

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Late yesterday rumours started floating about that the Archos Gamepad was about to be launched. Lo and behold, when I wake up this morning it’s already been and gone from stock at the Archos website. I wasn’t planning on buying one myself but it’s always a little irritating when manufacturers under estimate demand like that. I recently went through the same thing with Google and my Nexus 4, so if you were waiting to buy it and missed it – I feel your pain. For those wondering, the price is said to be 149 € / £124.99 / ~$199.99.

Anyway. A couple of new videos surfaced in the last couple of days, maybe these can tide you over until the rumoured December 18th restock date.

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Yinlips Joins The GamePad Party

Hot on the heels of JXD’s new models comes word of two new machines from Yinlips. Actually, info on the YDPG27 has been floating around for a while – but now we also have info on another new and previously unseen model, the YDPG29. Word has it that both consoles are running Sunplus GP3033 SoCs which are based on a single core Cortex A8, PowerVR SGX 531 GPU and 512MB RAM. This looks to be the same configuration used in the lower end JXD S7300A and 5600A models. Nothing to write home about, but perfectly capable of running most games on consoles pre-N64 and PS1 era.

Brian decided to pick up both machines and has kindly provided a couple of photos (including innards!) and a short comparison video of the two units.

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More Info On JXD’s GamePad-alikes, the S7300 And Its Little Brother The S5600

If you’re chomping at the bit for more info on JXD’s new gaming tablet, you’re in luck because the technical specs are in! The kind folks over at thinkelectronics.com have furnished us with a promotional PDF from JXD themselves, and lo and behold the S7300 takes pride of place on page 4, shortly followed by a surprise addition in the form of the S5600! I previously mentioned the S7300 but technical specs were none existant at the time – JXD has now spilled the beans, but interestingly these are not rocking the same RK3066 that we’ll be getting in the Archos GamePad.

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