Razer’s first-ever handheld Android gaming console has a release date. At CES 2023 on Thursday, the technology company confirmed the Razer Edge release date will be 26 January 2023, with two different versions set to debut. The first is the WiFi version – priced at USD$400, while the Razer Edge 5G model (exclusive to Verizon) will set you back around USD$600, but there is more. Razer also revealed a ‘Founders Edition’, which packs in the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless (2021) earbuds for USD$499.99.
First unveiled in October of last year, Razer claims its cloud handheld gaming device is the “world’s first dedicated 5G handheld console” that supports sub-6 GHz and mmWave connectivity. It’s a bold claim, but that one that stands to make the company a serious force to be reckoned with if true. In recent years, the cloud handheld gaming market has emerged as an extremely lucrative enterprise that has the power to truly transform the way we game and consume content. With the Razer Edge, the company has achieved something unique, presenting users with an option that combines gaming and entertainment in a small portable device.
This new Android gaming console can be used as a regular tablet if needed by simply popping the thing out from its controller. Bundled in with the device, is Razer’s very own Kishi V2 Pro controller, which comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C port and HyperSense haptics. The Razer Edge features a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ 2400×1080 pixel resolution, which seems on par with the competition. With a high 144Hz refresh rate, the Razer Edge will make “your games look better and run smoother than the competition.” And possibly help you win a couple of games too!
In the audio department, you get two-way speakers with Verizon Adaptive Sound to help put out crisp and clear sounds. Powering the whole affair is the Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 chipset that comes fitted with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB UFS 3.1 storage. You can further expand it to 2TB via the microSD slot. A nice little addition here is the 5MP 1080P front camera capable of outputting 60fps to let you broadcast your games or attend video calls.
For blazing-fast connectivity, the Razer Edge has Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E and has Android 12 pre-installed with the ability to run Android games natively, meaning you get all the Google goodness. To ensure long hours of gaming, the device comes with a chunky 5,000mAh battery. You can even stream PC games from your computer library, while the device’s cloud compatibility lets you enjoy cloud titles from services such as Xbox Cloud Gaming or Nvidia GeForce Now. It will be interesting to see how the Razer Edge fits into the current state of things and stacks up against Valve’s Steam Deck, which has been a clear winner in this segment from the start.