Razer recently showed off some of its hottest technology at its own RazerCon 2022 event. There was a lot of talk about upcoming Razer products and partnerships at this green energy-powered con, but one was a little different from what we expect to see from the brand . Among a host of headsets and the like, we took a closer look at the Razer Edge, a dedicated 5G gaming device. (opens in a new tab).
The new Razer Edge (opens in a new tab) looks a lot like many of the Switch-style machines (opens in a new tab) we start to see a pop up. This year we’ve seen portable PC gaming take off with hybrid consoles like the Steam Deck (opens in a new tab) receiving great praise. All kinds of competitors are coming to take a piece of that portable PC console pie, with high-end promises like OneXPlayer’s new AMD 6800-powered machine. (opens in a new tab) — but Razer is doing something a little different with the Edge.
Rather than going after the high-end laptop market, Razer’s Edge looks a bit more like a gaming phone than a Steam Deck-style device, at least for now. (opens in a new tab). The Edge is an Android-powered tablet that comes pre-installed with launchers like Epic, as well as streaming services like Xbox Cloud gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now. There’s no mention of a Steam client here except when talking about remote play, making it instantly completely different from those portable gaming PCs.
Although it’s not a gaming PC, it still packs some pretty cool mobile gear starting with a 6.9″ AMOLED screen that supports 144hz refresh with a resolution of 2400×1080. Behind the screen you’ll find the Snapdragon G3x chip designed specifically for mobile gaming. This is backed by a 3GHz Kryo CPU with 8 cores, paired with an Adreno GPU.The unit is then powered by a 5000mAh battery, which is quite huge and should get you a few hours of gaming, as long as that 5G connection doesn’t drain it too quickly. .
The Razer Edge board constitutes the brain of the device that comes with the well-known Razer Kishi V2 Pro. Although I haven’t tried one, the Kishi has been available in some form or another for a while, and has proven to be quite popular among phone gamers. This is a mobile controller that extends around the back of the Edge, giving you those switch-style side controls. It boasts Razer’s HyperSense haptics (opens in a new tab)micro switch buttons, a satisfying D-pad, and a 3.5mm audio jack which is always nice to see.
The bundle will be available on both 5G and Wi-Fi (whatever that means (opens in a new tab)) variants launching in the US before other regions. Currently, the Wi-Fi version is the only one that has a price, costing $399.99 USD on Razer’s official store and set to launch in January 2023. You can pre-order it now. (opens in a new tab) with a $5 refundable deposit to ensure you’re part of that first edition. The 5G offering is up for pre-order exclusively on Verizon, but the details are yet to be provided. Razer has advised that they will be available from Verizon in due course.