Razercon 2022 | Razer Edge: Steam Deck competitor unveiled with a 144 Hz AMOLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x SoC and 5G
Razer teased the launch of its first-ever handheld gaming console, the Razer Edge 5G, a few days ago. It was marketed as a 5G-ready cloud gaming console, similar to the Logitech G Cloud announced earlier. Razer has now officially unveiled the console at Razercon 2022. Its Wi-Fi-only variant retails at US$399 and one can pre-reserve via Razer's website for a token amount of US$5. It will officially hit shelves in January 2023. There is no word about its 5G variant's price, but Razer says that it is exclusive to Verizon.
The Razer Edge features a 6.8-inch 2,400 x 1,080 (FHD+) 144 Hz AMOLED panel. That is quite a step above the bog-standard 60 Hz panels offered by competitors such as the Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch. Whether or not one can play games at 144 Hz on the Razer Edge remains to be seen, more so because it uses an ARM-based Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x SoC. Qualcomm has been vague about its innards, and its only known spec is its boost frequency of 3.0 GHz. Lastly, the console draws power from a 5,000 mAh battery.
Every Razer Edge console is bundled with a Razer Kishi V2 controller. It is essentially a beefed-up tablet fine-tuned for gaming. It comes pre-installed with Xbox Cloud Gaming, Nvidia GeForce Now, and Epic Games Store and supports other services such as Steam Link. There is 128 GB of storage on the console along with 8 GB of RAM. Those looking to get some hands-on experience with the Razer Edge can do so at CES 2023.