At the tail end of September, a teaser started popping up for a gaming handheld from Razer and Verizon. Not much was known at that time, Razer has collaborated with Verizon and Qualcomm to release a didcated “cloud gaming handheld” in October. As they promised earlier, Razer Edge 5G has been officially announced at RazerCon 2022 conference. It comes in two variants, a Wi-Fi only model and a Verizon-exclusive 5G model.
Razer Edge 5G is the world’s first dedicated 5G handheld console, and runs on Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband, and sub-6GHz networks. It’s got a 1080p, 6.8-inch AMOLED touchscreen with 144Hz refresh rate, 288Hz sampling rate, and protected by Gorilla Glass. It delivers Full HD+ resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels and Razer claims the display has 87 percent more pixels than competitors’ devices. It’s powered by the latest Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 chipset, which was designed exclusively for the Edge, and Qualcomm refers it as a “Gaming Platform.”
It has a 3Ghz Octa-core CPU and an Adreno GPU, alongside an active cooling and six air vents. This is accompanied by 16GB of fast LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB of storage. It also has Bluetooth 5.2, Sub 6, mm Wave Verizon 5G, and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, making it compatible with all the fastest routers available. The Edge also has a front-facing 5MP camera to livestream your gameplay, a two-way speakers system with Verizon Adaptive Sound and a pair of digital microphones.
Razer Edge 5G looks like a conventional handheld, and it is a combination of the best parts of Android gaming, cloud gaming, and dedicated gaming consoles – packed with a suite of remappable buttons, sticks, and triggers. The controller can be removed from the Edge. That controller is called Kishi V2 Pro, which is a more feature-packed version that includes HyperSense haptic feedback and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. That game pad controller is only available bundled with the Edge.
Inside, it has a massive 5,000mAh battery, which is good for long hours of play, but will depend heavily on which cloud game you’re streaming. Out of the box, the Razer Edge runs Android 12 OS, and it weighs 400.8 grams.
The Razer Edge gives you access to play thousands of AAA games, including native Android games, and it also comes preloaded with Epic Games, cloud streaming services like Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) and Nvidia GeForce Now, or remote play options that offer full access to PC libraries like Steam Link, Moonlight, Parsec, and Xbox.
Razer Edge 5G Specs
Razer Edge 5G
6.8-inch FHD+ AMOLED, 2400 x 1080 pixels, 144Hz refresh rate
Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform
5MP Front-Facing; 1080p Video@60fps
8GB LPDDR5 RAM
128GB UFS 3.1; Expandable up to 2TB (microSD support)
Verizon 5G, Sub 6 & mmWave, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Dimensions & Weight
260 x 85 x 11 mm
2 Analog sticks, 8 Buttons, 1 D-pad, 2 Trigger, 2 Bumpers, Razer HeperSense Haptics
2-Way speakers with Verizon Adaptive Sound, 2 Digital mics
$349 (Wi-Fi only); $499 (Razer Edge Founders Edition)
The Wi-Fi model of the Razer Edge is priced at $399.99 (~ Rs. 32,965), and it also comes with Razer Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds which costs $499.99 (~ Rs. 41,205). You can now reserve it in the US for a refundable deposit of $5. At $399.99, the Edge is just $50 more than recently launched Logitech’s G Cloud Gaming Handheld, which doesn’t have Wi-Fi 6 or 6E support.
There is no word on the no release date yet, but you can now sign up as a beta testing beginning today for the US applicants only. The Razer Edge 5G-ready version will be available to purchase in January 2023 exclusively through Verizon, and it will cost more than the Wi-Fi only model. It will be also be available for hands-on experience at Razer Booth at CES 2023.