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Junglecat: Razer controller turns the smartphone into a switch

Razer has introduced a new game controller for smartphones: The Junglecat works in the same way as the Joycons, the controllers for Nintendo's Handheld Switch. Either the controller can be attached in two parts left and right on the smartphone or put together via a spacer to a gamepad.

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On the smartphone, the two parts of the Junglecat can be attached using a special cover. For the European version of the system, this will initially only be available for the Razer Phone 2, the Huawei's P30 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10 +. The covers are included. Although the controller can also be connected and used with other smartphones thanks to the Bluetooth LE, it can not easily be attached to the side.

Alternatively, the two parts of the controller can be assembled via a centerpiece to a gamepad, which also looks very similar to the switch. Then the Junglecat can also be used with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a Windows PC. According to Razer, the controller is not compatible with iOS devices.

Analog sticks and shoulder buttons

Both controller parts each have an analogue stick; the left one has an additional D-pad, the right four buttons. Both parts have shoulder buttons installed. With the controller a number of games are much more comfortable to play than via the screen control.

The Junglecat should be available immediately and costs 120 euros.

The Junglecat controller from Razer attached to a smartphone (Photo: Razer)