The Razer Edge is a 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Snapdragon G3x Android gaming tablet
Razer held RazerCon online this weekend, and one of the biggest announcements to come out of the digital event is the Razer Edge. This long-rumored gaming tablet has impressive hardware and some class-first connectivity options.
The Razer Edge is an Android tablet with a 6.8-inch AMOLED screen that has a resolution of 2,400×1,080 and a refresh rate of 144Hz. It uses the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform, a chip that launched late last year with a software package also made by Razer. The chipset has Kyro CPU and Adreno GPU and supports Wi-Fi 6E and 5G networks.
That brings us to the first Edges. According to Razer, the Edge 5G is “the world’s first dedicated 5G handheld console.” The 5G version supports both sub-6 and mmWave 5G networks and will be available exclusively through Verizon. And, although Razer didn’t say it themselves, it appears to be the first gaming handheld released at least in the US to feature Wi-Fi 6E. A Wi-Fi-only version of the Edge will be available directly from Razer and at Razer retail stores.
Both versions of the Edge will come bundled with the Razer Kishi V2 Pro Controller, a gamepad that attaches to the sides of the tablet and provides a full suite of physical game controls. The Kishi V2 Pro features Razer HyperSense haptic feedback and its own dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack, and uses microswitches for the face buttons and trackpad.
As an Android device, the Edge seems more directly comparable to this Logitech G Cloud gaming handheld and not Steam Deck or Nintendo Switch. Both Edge and G Cloud put some emphasis on cloud gaming through services such as Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Nvidia GeForce now, and both have access to the entire Android ecosystem and the options it offers. The G Cloud is a one-piece handheld device, while the Edge is a tablet with an included, detachable controller. Edge is also the only device of the two with the option of mobile connectivity. We plan to have a full G Cloud review soon.
In addition to the Edge, Razer also announced the Kraken Kitty V2 Pro gaming headset, a sequel Kraken Kitty Edition. It’s a Razer Kraken V2 Pro headset with three sets of ears that can be attached to the headband: cat, bear and bunny. The ears have RGB lighting and can stay lit with an external USB power source even when not connected to a computer via the cosplay mode of the headphones.
The Razer Edge Wi-Fi will be available in January 2023 for $399.99, direct from Razer. The Edge 5G will be sold only through Verizon, and its availability and price have not been announced. The Kraken Kitty Pro will retail for $199.99 and be available for pre-order this winter.
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