News & Reviews: Samsung GamePad
Last Updated: Dec 23, 2013
The previously reported Samsung GamePad looks to be getting the combo treatment as it is now available bundled with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Game Edition. It also comes with a HDMI adapter which sort of reveals Samsung's intentions. Rather than use the Tab 3 8.0 attached to the GamePad (too heavy and doesn't fit), you're supposed to hook up the tablet to a HDTV and use it like a console with the GamePad connecting via Bluetooth 4.0. Unfortunately, the dual-core Tab 3 8.0 isn't really the best Android based console there is in terms of performance but it should do for now. Hopefully, Samsung will hook up the GamePad with more game capable devices or just have the HDMI cable plus GamePad combo for those with a game-worthy device. No specific pricing or Malaysia release dates were available yet, but we'll update you as soon as they become available.
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2013
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.