Razer Edge Android Gaming Console with Detachable Controller, $399

Razer Edge Android Gaming Console with Detachable Controller, $399

Razer has unveiled the new Razer Edge tablet, which promises to bring the premium Android and cloud gaming experience on the go, with a detachable controller, all for $399.

As Verizon first teased a few weeks ago, Razer was a dedicated Android gaming device, complete with Verizon 5G connectivity to enable cloud gaming on the go. What the company didn’t share, with its use of smart camera angles, is that the Razer Edge isn’t actually a full “portable” like the Logitech G Cloud, but it’s actually a tablet.

A bit like the Nintendo Switch, you can completely detach the side-mounted console — referred to as the Razer Kishi V2 Pro, a little more so — to use the Razer Edge as a simple tablet if you so choose. With the massive library of apps and games in Android and Google Play, the Razer Edge is a prime spot for gaming and media consumption alike, with or without the console.

On that note, Razer has designed this tablet/mobile device to be ideal for both cloud gaming services like GeForce Now and Xbox Game Pass and for high-end mobile games like Apex Legends. Gamers in the cloud will be delighted with the availability of the Razer Edge 5G – a Verizon exclusive – to enable high-quality gaming wherever the signal allows. Out of the box, Xbox Game Pass Streaming, GeForce Now, and Steam Link will come preinstalled on the tablet. In fact, Steam Link supports streaming from your local PC at up to 144Hz.

Android gamers should appreciate the emergence of the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1, Qualcomm’s gaming chipset dedicated exclusively to the Razer Edge. Compared to the Snapdragon 720G – for no specific reason – the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 chip is capable of “2-3x speeds”, ensuring that you see consistent performance and a high frame rate.

To that end, regardless of whether you’re playing locally or in the cloud, the Razer Edge has a 6.8-inch 2400 x 1080 AMOLED display, with a whopping 144Hz refresh rate. In supported games and services, your gameplay should be very smooth. Backing up this high-quality screen is a 5,000mAh battery, which Razer says should keep you gaming for “hours.”

Of course, being an Android device, it’s important to know that your device can stay up-to-date and secure. Razer told us that the Razer Edge 5G will launch on Android 12 and should see regular updates to remain compliant with Verizon requirements.

Razer Edge 5G Specifications

  • Healer: Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform
  • The operating system: Android 12
  • Show: 6.8″ FHD + 2400 x 1080 AMOLED 144Hz
  • memory: 8 GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • battery: 5000 mAh
  • Delivery:
    • Wi-Fi 6E
    • Bluetooth 5.2
    • Verizon 5G, Sub 6 & mmWave
  • Weight:
    • 263.8 g tablet
    • 400.8g Tablet + Controller
  • My voice:
    • Two-way speakers with Verizon Adaptive Sound
    • 2 digital microphones
  • storage: 128 GB
  • Dimensions: 259.7 x 84.5 x 10.83 mm

The Kishi V2 Pro console is itself a cornerstone of the Razer Edge’s design. The controller is based on the latest Kishi V2, with the same micro-transformers in the face and D-pad buttons, along with the programmable buttons.

Crucially, the Kishi V2 Pro brings two new features to the Edge – Razer HyperSense haptic feedback and a convenient 3.5mm headphone port, both of which will be key to a proper mobile gaming experience. Razer has confirmed that the Kishi V2 Pro will initially only be available as part of the Razer Edge, but the console will also be sold individually at a later date.

The Razer Edge’s Wi-Fi model for tablet/mobile gaming is set for release (US only) in January 2023, exclusively from razer store, for $399. To have the best chance of getting your hands on it, you can put a file $5 refundable deposit today.

Meanwhile, the Razer Edge 5G will be available exclusively from Verizon, with a release date and pricing to be announced. However, Verizon is also gearing up for a limited beta test of the Razer Edge 5G in the near future, which might be your best bet to get the mobile/tablet up as soon as possible.

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