Samsung GamePad officially announced, turns your Android smartphone into a gaming console

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While it originally came out as the gaming accessory which revealed the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 a little too early, Samsung recently announced the GamePad for Android smartphones. Unlike the initial all white device the current GamePad is various shades of black, silver and grey with two joysticks, four buttons and a round directional keypad. The top slides out to hold the Android smartphone of your choice (it doesn't have to be the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 like in the picture) and it pairs up using NFC and Bluetooth. The slider can fit any smartphone from 4-inches to 6.3-inches wide and is compatible with Android 4.1 and Bluetooth 3.0 or higher but runs better with Samsung Galaxy devices using Android 4.3 and above.

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You can also hook it up to a HDTV via a HDMI cable (with the smartphone paired up). It comes with a companion Samsung Mobile Console app and can launch Asphalt 8: Airborne, Prince of Persion: The Shadow and the Flame, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Virtua Tennis Challenge with more said to be coming in 2014. While the Samsung GamePad is available in certain European markets for now, it should reach Malaysia and other markets in the next few weeks. Unfortunately nor Malaysia pricing was available.