Gaming hardware maker Razer makes a variety of project ranging from gaming laptops to keyboards, mice, headsets, and mobile phone controllers. Now the company is introducing something new(ish): a handheld game console.

The Razer Edge 5G is an Android-powered handheld featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon G3X Gen 1 processor and support for Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network.

Verizon teased the upcoming handheld during the company’s keynote at Mobile World Congress in Las Vegas today. Detailed specs weren’t announced yet, and officially you have to wait until RazerCon on October 15th to find out more.

Unofficially though, we can make a pretty good educated guess. That’s because Razer and Qualcomm announced a hardware development kit and reference design for handheld game systems with Snapdragon G3X Gen 1 chips in December, 2022.

Snapdragon G4x Handheld Development Kit (2021)

While it’s possible that some features have been changed since then, at the time the dev kit featured a 6.65 inch FHD+ OLED HDR display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, quad speakers, a 5MP webcam with dual microphones, and support for WiFi 6E as well as 5G mmWave and sub-6 GHz.

A short teaser video does appear to show a similar design, but the controller and speaker position for the Razer Edge 5G don’t appear to be identical to the dev kit, so it’s possible that Razer’s new handheld won’t look exactly like the reference design.

Some recent GeekBench listings also suggest that the Razer Edge 5G could have 8GB of RAM and ship with Android 12 software, although those details are also subject to change.

Fun fact: This is not the first time Razer has used the Razer Edge name for a handheld gaming device. The company introduced a short-lived Razer Edge gaming tablet in 2013.

It featured a 10 inch display, a detachable game controller, and an Intel Ivy Bridge processor and NVIDIA GT640M graphics and had a high price tag and lousy battery life. No wonder it took Razer so long to use the name again for another product.

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  1. Definitely not the switchblade, most likely similar to the Logitech cloud streaming device.

  2. They made this instead of a new Razer phone. It probably made more sense to accounting, but it’s still a disappointment.

  3. This would be a GPD XP killer but the XP flopped all on its own.

    Android gaming to me is meh and cloud gaming is something additional I do with existing devices (at least it has 5G to help with it).

    1. It looks like it.
      My guess is USD $500, which is way overpriced. And from the specifications we can make some assumptions:

      19:9 display
      2280 x 1080, LCD, 144Hz
      8000mAh battery
      No microSD card, Yes 3.5mm jack, downward firing speakers, Xbox-style controller
      AndroidOS but locked software
      Active Cooling (probably gets to 10W TDP but sustains it for a while, but is inefficient and churns through battery)
      Weird performance (less efficient than QC 8g1+, less powerful than QC 8CXg3)
      TSMC 6nm, 2x Cortex X1, 2x Cortex A78, 4x Cortex A55, and latest Adreno iGPU (if I had to guess)

      1. I think you are being very generous by saying it will be $500 USD. I’m thinking even more. The Logitech streaming device MSRP is $349 ($299 pre order price) and the specs on that are significantly lower than Razer’s. I’m think $599 , with maybe a $50 discount off MSRP to preorder as well. I had no idea there was a market for game streaming like that. At least it will do well with emulation.

    1. Yeah, if you think about it the Nvidia Edge was actually pretty good. It just was a first rough draft, and way before it’s time.

      This?
      So it’s a weird handheld that can’t fit into your pocket. So you have to take a backpack. And it plays Android Games, which is okay but not worth getting for. But it’s really aimed at Game Streaming, in particular, The Xbox Live Ultimate/xCloud. But you’re not going to get a strong signal in many places, overall experience is going to be meh.

      So you may as well leave this at home and bring your Nintendo Switch. Or better yet, a Valve SteamDeck. And at home you’ll probably have an iPad laying around, a PS5, or a Desktop PC.