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Razer's Junglecat controller turns your Android phone into a Switch

Image via Razer
Image via Razer
The Razer Junglecat is an Android Bluetooth controller that attaches two thumbsticks to either side of a gamer's phone. However, this orientation is only compatible with a handful of devices. The Junglecat can be used as a standalone controller for other Android phones and PCs. The Junglecat is available for US $100.

Razer’s latest gadget aims to turn supported Android phones into gaming-focused handsets by using a familiar form factor.

The Razer Junglecat is an Android-compatible Bluetooth gaming controller that slaps two thumbsticks and a handful of buttons on either side of a supported phone. There is also a shoulder button on the top of each side of the controller, making the whole package’s layout similar to that of the Nintendo Switch. 

The Junglecat attaches via one of three custom cases, which limits the list of phones that can are compatible with the landscape-oriented mode. The compatible phones include the Razer Phone 2, Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10+, and Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Thankfully, the can also be used as a standalone Bluetooth controller for other Android phones by using an included controller grip. The Junglecat can also pair with PCs. The Junglecat does not support iOS. 

Razer claims the Junglecat will last for over 100 hours when connected via the Bluetooth Low Energy standard. When the battery finally calls it quits, the controller can be charged via USB-C. 

The Junglecat also supports Razer’s Gamepad app for Android that allows users to remap buttons, adjust settings like thumbstick sensitivity, and more. 

While the Razer Junglecat isn’t the first Bluetooth controller we’ve seen that attaches thumbsticks on the side of a phone a la the Nintendo Switch, it is one of the most expensive: the Junglecat retails for US $100. 

Would you spend $100 for an Android Bluetooth controller? Let us know in the comments.

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Sam Medley, 2019-10-29 (Update: 2019-10-29)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.