May 29, 2012
GameStop To Sell Android Tablets At 1,600 US Stores
GameStop is boosting its Android tablet portfolio, and will begin selling the devices at more than 1,600 stores nationwide, the company said.
The gaming retailer said its Android tablets will include devices such as the Asus Transformer Prime, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Acer Iconia, all of which will come preloaded with a few games, including Sonic CD and Riptide, the Kongregate Arcade app and a free issue of Game Informer Digital.The Asus Transformer Prime sells for $499.99, and is available today, while the 10.1-inch Asus Eee Pad Transformer sells for $349.99. The Acer Iconia Tab A200 will sell for $299.99 through June 2, while the 7-inch 8GB Acer Iconia sells for $229.99.
The 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 16GB is also available for $399.99, while a Toshiba Excite 10 will be available later at a price of $449.99.
GameStop also sells refurbished, first-generation iPads starting at $285.
"Cosmetically, the screen and body of the items show some signs of scratches, scuffs, or other wear typical of normal use,” the company said.
Last year, GameStop president Tony Bartel said the company was considering making its own tablet if it couldn´t find an Android tablet that was great for gaming. Shortly thereafter, the company began selling a limited number of Android tablets on a trial basis at some 200 stores.
GameStop´s latest move to expand its retail footprint to 1,600 stores coincides with a growing trend of gamers turning to smartphones and tablets rather than standalone, handheld consoles.