On the heels of the expensive Logitech G Cloud, Razer may have already rendered Logitech’s recent efforts obsolete. First teaser at Mobile World Congress in September (opens in a new tab)Verizon has a detailed collaboration with Razer, dubbed the Razer Edge 5G, built from the ground up to native Android games with game streaming via Xbox Cloud, NVIDIA GeForce Now or optional Steam Link.
Here’s everything you need to know about this intriguing handheld.
Razer Edge: what is it?
Razer basically teased this project already when Snapdragon announced its new gaming chipset. It’s the first dedicated Android handheld to sport the Snapdragon G3X Gen 1 gaming platform, which is an offshoot of Qualcomm’s mobile processor. optimized for gaming. Verizon is also throwing its 5G “Ultra Wideband” heft behind the handheld, but luckily there are options between a Wi-Fi version and a more expensive, Verizon-exclusive 5G version that you can insert a SIM card into for true wireless mobility.
Whether you’re playing games like League of Legends Wild Rift, Genshin Impact or Call of Duty Mobile, the Razer Edge 5G could end up being the ultimate Android handheld gaming experience, further supported by services like Xbox Game Pass for scenarios where cloud gaming is viable.
The announcement follows Logitech’s G Cloud announcement, which is designed entirely for cloud gaming. While the G Cloud should be able to power some Android games locally, the chipset probably isn’t powerful enough to deliver what Razer is with the Snapdragon G3X. The real comparison, ultimately, comes down to price. The Logitech G Cloud has already courted controversy with its device, which is geared entirely around niche cloud gaming scenarios, despite being comparable in price to devices like the Xbox Series S, Steam Deck or Nintendo Switch. , all of which can run games. natively.
The Razer Edge promises to be a first native gaming option for Android, with prices starting at $399.99. In a world where mobile games are getting better, this could be the right device for the right time. Razer announced the product in full during RazerCon on October 15, and now we have a full rundown of its capabilities and features.
Razer Edge: technical specifications
Razer has touted its latest handheld as a full-fledged mobile gaming companion, delivering specs that run all the latest titles while tapping into the growing list of cloud gaming experiences. It’s all underpinned by the Snapdragon G3X Gen 1 gaming platform, which is explicitly designed for mobile gaming, uniquely positioning the device as a premier Android gaming handheld.
The Razer Edge adopts a two-piece design, with a standalone tablet, which separates from its Nintendo Switch Joy-Con style controls. Every Razer Edge comes with a Razer Kishi V2 Pro, a revised version of its mobile gamepad designed to function as the device’s native controller. The Kishi V2 Pro builds on the existing Kishi with Razer HyperSense haptics, plus a 3.5mm headphone jack.
While companies like Logitech have announced cloud-ready Android gaming handhelds, the Razer Edge comes close to the Steam Deck, with hardware to run all games locally. However, this additional 5G capability brings flexibility for streaming games or multiplayer experiences on the go. Here is the full list of technical specifications, as provided by Razer.
|CPU||Snapdragon G3X Gen 1 Gaming Platform|
|3.0 GHz 8-core Qualcomm Kryo processor|
|GPUs||Qualcomm Adreno graphics card|
|RAM||8 GB LPDDR5|
|Display||6.8 inch, touchscreen, 2400×1080, AMOLED, 144Hz|
|audio||2-way speakers with Verizon Adaptive Sound, 2 digital microphones|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, Under 6, mmWave Verizon 5G|
|Dimensions||259.7 × 84.5 × 10.83mm|
|lester||263.8g, 400.8g with controller|
Razer Edge: Pricing and Availability
Razer has announced plans to launch the Razer Edge in January 2023, with a separate 5G and Wi-Fi model planned for now. Both Razer Edge Wi-Fi and 5G will be exclusive to the US, with its Verizon partnership tying the 5G model exclusively to the carrier. Razer Edge Wi-Fi starts at $399.99, while Razer Edge 5G pricing is yet to be confirmed.
While the Razer Edge 5G models will be available through Verizon, its Wi-Fi model will be offered through the Razer website and select Razer stores. The company also has open reservations, (opens in a new tab) offering interested buyers a chance to lock in a shipment with a $5 refundable deposit, with more ordering information to follow.
Razer said it plans to show off more Edge at CES 2023, slated for next January, where we hope to hear more about a firm release date and what to expect from launch.