remember the then unnamed Samsung GamePad for smartphone we featured nine months ago? the word is, it has been finalized, sporting a different look then the one we have seen earlier and it is available now in select European markets and will be made available to other regions, though not specified where, in coming weeks. gone was the Xbox 360-ish look, the Samsung Smartphone GamePad, as it is now called, uses Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC for connectivity with the smartphone. like the prototype, it has a cradle that can accommodate mobile devices of wide range of sizes, ranging between 4-inch and 6.3-inch and the controller is optimized for devices running Android Jelly Bean or later.
other features include a steel frame construction for durability, a 160mAh rechargeable battery pack, and a dedicated ‘PLAY’ button for quick and easy access to the Mobile Console app (only for devices running Android 4.3 or later), which is a Samsung integrated game launching pad, allowing you to “conveniently” browse and purchase game pad supported games. as of now, there are 35 dedicated games, with more to be made available in 2014. games you can expect include Need For Speed Most Wanted, Asphalt8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, Tennis Challenge, and Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame – just to name a few. on the hardware aspect, the Samsung Smartphone GamePad is equipped with a 8-way D-Pad, dual analog sticks, four action buttons, two shoulder buttons, a Select button, as well as the said Play button. click through for a few more product views.