$399 Razer Edge tries to build gaming Android tablets

$399 Razer Edge tries to build gaming Android tablets

Zoom / The new (not the old) Razer Edge.

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After trying for years with gaming phones, the next big product category device manufacturers are trying to do it is happening It is apparently “Android gaming tablets”. You’re basically throwing a Nintendo Switch into the machine, loading up Android on it, and hoping users are picking up content with Android games and the growing (shrinking?) range of cloud gaming services out there. Logitech got its start with the G Cloud Gaming Handheld last month, and now Razer is throwing its hat into the ring with its G Cloud Gaming Handheld. New Razer Edge handheld. This teaser was teased last month and got a full reveal over the weekend, and there are already some interesting specs to wrap up.

First, one of the main factors that differentiates Razer from the Logitech laptop is that the Razer has active cooling. Razer neglected to show any interior photos, but the 10mm-thick body and six vents on the back make it look like there’s some decent heat dissipation going on. Even if Razer slapped a regular phone chip inside, a fan would probably make it better than any phone, thanks to not having to throttle right away. Razer and Qualcomm say this is the first device with the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform, but that appears to be just marketing fluff and not any new technical development.

The back features plenty of cooling vents and shoulder buttons.
Zoom / The back features plenty of cooling vents and shoulder buttons.

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Qualcomm’s new page G3x Gen 1 It doesn’t provide any technical details, a big red flag that there’s nothing here worth bragging about. Razer only says that the chip operates at 3GHz. Unofficially, we can choose a file Geekbench Lists For some details. Chip code nameLahainaThat means this should be the renamed Snapdragon 888 SoC, which is Qualcomm’s flagship smartphone from 2020. This will make it a 5nm chip with one Cortex X1 core at 3GHz, three Cortex A78 cores at 2.42GHz and four Cortex A55 cores at 1.8GHz. GHz All frequencies are reported from Geekbench, and they are all normal compared to the phone version, which means that this chip didn’t even get frequencies.No sustainable gaming performance was found in the phone Qualcomm didn’t seem to want to admit it was shipping a two-year-old chip in this device.

The two-year-old chip will help lower the price from your typical $1,000 Android phone, but all of these gaming tablets will struggle to compete with the $299 Nintendo Switch (and $199 for the Lite version). Other specs include a 6.8-inch, 2400 x 1080 OLED display with a whopping 144Hz speed, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 5,000mAh battery. There’s a MicroSD slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB-C port, a 5MP front camera (there’s no back camera, it’s a tablet), and Wi-Fi 6E compatibility. The $400 version is Wi-Fi only, the second SKU, and Exclusive to Verizon The Razer Edge 5G promises Sub 6 GHz and mmWave connectivity at an undisclosed price. This is offered in part as a mobile device for cloud gaming, so cellular access will allow you to play it away from home, although it will incur a large data bill.

Unlike the Logitech Tablet, the controllers are not permanently attached to the Razer Edge. Razer just built a regular tablet and threw a gamepad installed in the box, the “Razer Kishi V2 Pro”. You get two analog sticks, ABXY face buttons, and six (!) shoulder buttons: digital L1/R1 trigger, L2/R2 analog triggers, and unique “M1/M2” buttons, which are tiny little buttons next to the L2 trigger .

Razer Kishi V2 – the non-professional version – is indeed a standalone product. Sam Machkovech, editor of Ars Tech Culture, reviewed it earlier this year and seemed to like the controllers while using the device for a weird configuration software that doesn’t allow buttons to be reprogrammed. The pro version fixes one of Sam’s complaints – the lack of a headphone jack – and adds “Razer HyperSense haptics” for an audio-powered rumble. Console software “Razer Nexus”, with an approximate rating of 2.6 stars Play StoreIt still looks bad.

We suspect it’s a coincidence that Razer and Logitech came up with the same product idea a month later. Toy maker for both companies is likely Qualcomm, with reports last year that the chip company was testing Nintendo Switch-like Android devices, including a review ofgaming reference device“To a few partners. Looks like some OEMs have taken Qualcomm to the show and decided to commercialize the product idea. With Qualcomm’s huge partner base, don’t be surprised if more of these devices come out. The Razer Edge Q1 ships in 2023.

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