More details on the Archos Gamepad 2 leaked, now with quad-core chip and HD screen

Archos Gamepad 2 Leak

Archos vaguely pre-announced the Gamepad 2 tablet just before the start of the IFA tech show last month, but didn’t show it off at the event, and hasn’t talked about it since. Now we’ve been treated to a selection of leaks regarding the device, including out first look at its technical specification. The original Archos Gamepad was released just before Christmas last year, and is a relatively ordinary 7-inch Android tablet, but with a set of physical gaming controls flanking the screen.

Despite its promise, the Gamepad wasn’t that well received, so we’re hoping for a lot more from the sequel. If the rumors are accurate, the screen will remain at 7-inches, but the resolution could be increased from 1024 x 600 to 1280 x 800, which may not be the best on offer, but is certainly better than before.

A quad-core, 1.6GHz processor and 2GB of RAM would represent a considerable upgrade over the first model, and alongside the 8GB standard model, a 16GB version may also be introduced. A microSD card slot should also be found on the tablet. From the look of the leaked picture, a set of d-pad controls and analog sticks will be fitted to either side of the screen, just above what we assume are forward-facing, stereo speakers. Visible on the top of the device are two sets of shoulder-mounted buttons.

The Gamepad 2 was spotted on a wholesale retailer’s website, but has since been removed, and the tablet has also passed through the FCC’s regulatory process, indicating an official announcement is imminent. Previously, Archos released the Gamepad in the UK and Europe before extending its availability, and priced it at £130/$170. Let’s hope it maintains this competitive price for the sequel. We’ll update you when Archos makes the tablet official.

Movies & TV

Pedro Pascal officially cast as 'The Mandalorian' as Disney show fills out cast

The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series planned for Disney's streaming video service, will be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Movies & TV

Lose the torrents. Here's how to watch 'Game of Thrones' online (legally)

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV, but unless you're a cable subscriber, finding a way to watch isn't always easy. Check out our guide on how to watch online, whether you prefer using HBO, Hulu, or Amazon.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Gaming

‘Street Fighter V’ players will get bonuses if they allow in-game ads

Capcom will show in-game advertisements on Street Fighter V starting December 11. Players may choose to deactivate the ads, but they will miss out on some bonuses and content if they do so.
Mobile

G’day, Google: U.S. users can now give Assistant a British or Australian accent

U.S. Google Assistant users can give their Assistant a different voice. Google has updated Assistant with the ability for users to give it either a British or Australian accent, which could make it a little more personal for some.
Music

Tune in to the best internet radio stations for your listening pleasure

Even in the streaming era, radio stations get some of the best exclusives and curate some of the finest handpicked playlists around. Here are the best internet radio stations, for your listening pleasure.
Mobile

Leave the laptop at home, the iPad Pro is the travel buddy to take on vacay

The iPad Pro is a powerful tablet that's perfect for creatives and professionals. How does it fare when traveling with it as a laptop replacement? We took it on a two week trek in Japan to find out.
Computing

Microsoft’s latest patent paves the way for Andromeda dual-screen mobile device

The latest patent discovery from Microsoft showcases a new hinge design for quickly opening a dual-screen mobile device with a single hand. Could this be additional proof surrounding the rumors of the company's Project Andromeda device?
Mobile

Need to record calls on an iPhone? Check out our handy guide

Are you wondering how to record calls on your iPhone? It isn't as easy as you might think, but we'll walk you through the process of doing so with Google Voice, and identify several other apps and external voice recorders that can help.
Home Theater

Set your ears free with the best completely wireless earbuds

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best true wireless earbuds around.
Mobile

Apple is spending $1 billion to hire up to 15,000 new employees in Austin

Apple has announced a series of expansions across the U.S. -- including a massive expansion to the company's Austin campus that will see it spending $1 billion to accommodate for up to 15,000 new employees.
Outdoors

Google Maps makes it easier than ever to find a Lime bike or scooter

Google Maps has added a new feature that helps you find a Lime bike or scooter in just a few taps. The feature currently works in 11 U.S. cities served by Lime, with more coming next year.
Mobile

Quirky smartphone accessories you never knew you needed

Looking for a few accoutrements to make your smartphone even better? If you, or someone you know, is a sucker for accessories, you'll want to check out our collection of quirky smartphone accessories you never knew you needed.
Mobile

Ditch your smartphone for a year and win $100k from Vitaminwater

Vitaminwater is willing to part with $100,000 if you're willing to part with your smartphone partner for a year. Could you last for a year armed with only a 1996-era phone? Here's your chance to find out.