The Razer Edge is a handheld gaming device that consists of an Android tablet with a 6.8 inch display and a detachable controller that fits onto the sides when you need it, but which can be removed when you don’t.
First announced last fall, the Razer Edge will go on sale later this month. Razer says you’ll be able to pick up a WiFi-only model from its web store for $400, and Verizon will offer a 5G model for $360 (or $10 per month for 36 months) to customers who add a new line to their account or $600 to those who don’t.
While the Razer Edge is hardly the first Android-based game console, it stands out in a few ways.
The Logitech G Cloud, for example, was designed first and foremost as a cloud gaming device. So it ships with a mid-range processor. The Razer Edge, meanwhile, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon G3X Gen 1 chip which was meant for gaming devices. While the chip is more than a year old at this point, the Razer Edge will be the first commercial product that I’m aware of to use it.
And unlike most Android phones, the Razer Edge has a fan for active cooling, which could help with performance during extended gaming sessions.
It also ships with Razer’s new Kishi V2 Pro detachable game controller, which has analog triggers, microswitch buttons, haptic feedback, and a 3.5mm audio passthrough port.
That said, while the hardware itself well may be worth $400, it remains to be seen how much demand there is for a dedicated handheld gaming device that ships with Android but doesn’t make phone calls. This isn’t a console that can replace your phone… and that makes me wonder if some folks wouldn’t prefer to just buy a controller and slap it on their existing phone to save $300 or so.
Here’s a run-down of some key specs for the Razer Edge:
|Razer Edge / Edge 5G specs|
2400 x 1080 pixels
Up to 144 Hz
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x Gen 1|
|Storage||128GB UFS 3.1|
5G model: mmWave and sub-6GHz, 4G LTE Cat 22
|Ports||1 x USB Type-C|
1 x microSD card reader (up to 2TB)
1 x SIM card slot
|Audio||2 x speakers|
2 x digital mics
1 x 3.5mm audio jack (in Razer Kishi v2 controller)
|Camera||5MP front-facing (1080p/60fps)|
|Dimensions||260 x 85 x 11mm|
|Weight||264 grams (tablet)|
401 grams (tablet + controller)
|Pricing/availability||$400 / January 26 (WiFi model)|
$360 – $600 / January 26 (Verizon 5G)