A while back, we mentioned that Razer was planning to announce its new entry into the handheld gaming space, the Razer Edge. With that said, the company has now formally unveiled its latest addition to its hardware line-up, and it comes with some interesting, albeit familiar features.
For starters, the device features a 6.8-inch AMOLED touch display, which comes with a FHD+ resolution, and 144hZ refresh rate. The Razer Edge is also powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon G3X Gen 1 platform, a chip specifically designed for mobile gaming performance, which works alongside a 3 GHz Kryo CPU and 8GB of RAM. The hardware itself features a tablet with removable controllers, similar to the Nintendo Switch.
Other specs include a front-facing 5MP camera, two-way speakers and a microphone, support for 5G connectivity, Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi 6E, USB-C and 3.5mm audio (via the controller). The entire set-up is powered by a 5,000 mAh battery.
In terms of software, the device runs on Android, so users will have access to Android titles, as well as cloud gaming and streaming apps. At the moment, the device is exclusive to North America, with options for $399 and $499 options. It will also be available through certain carriers like Verizon.
This isn’t Razer’s first entry into mobile gaming – back in 2013, the company launched the Razer Edge Gaming Tablet, which featured a unique controller grip and ran on Android as well.
The announcement of the Razer Edge follows the newfound revival of dedicated gaming handhelds, particularly led by by systems from big companies like the Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck, and other competitors like the recently-announced Logitech G Cloud Gaming handheld. Unlike the Logitech G though, the Razer Edge’s 5G connectivity means that players aren’t stuck to WiFi connections, something that Logitech’s handheld lacks.