The Razer Edge Cloud Gaming PDA starts at $400 and has a 5G version.
What to look forward to: The new Razer laptop packs impressive specs for its price point, as it only costs $50 more than the Logitech G Cloud gaming console. Perhaps the most interesting part is the optional 5G and LTE support, allowing users to stream games anywhere with decent cellular coverage without needing to be connected to a Wi-Fi network.
AT RazerCon 2022Razer has unveiled its world’s first cloud gaming handheld, the Razer Edge. It will compete against Logitech’s recently announced G Cloud, as well as more traditional portable devices that display games locally, such as the Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch.
Razer’s new handheld console actually comes in two parts: an Android 12 tablet with internals and a screen, and a detachable Razer Kishi V2 Pro controller. The latter is a more advanced version of the company. Gamepad for smartphone Kishi V2as it includes improved haptics and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Edge features an impressive 6.8-inch AMOLED touchscreen with 2400 x 1080 resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate. The refresh rate alone should provide a significant visual improvement over most other portable devices with 60Hz displays, but battery life is likely to take a big hit. Razer says users can stream PC games locally at up to 144fps via the Steam Link app. The Edge comes preloaded with other popular streaming services including Nvidia GeForce Now and Xbox Cloud Gaming, and you can also play Android games directly.
All this works with active cooling. Snapdragon G3x Gen1 chipset, which Qualcomm specifically designed for handheld game consoles. The Edge also has 8GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB UFS 3.1, a microSD card slot, and support for Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity to take advantage of the less crowded 6GHz bands. Rounding out the specs is a 5,000mAh battery and a 5MP front-facing camera that can be used to stream to Twitch or YouTube.
Razer Edge starts at $399.99 for the standard model and you can already reserve one today for $5 to be among the first to receive it when it starts shipping early next year. The company also plans to release a 5G version through Verizon that will support sub-6GHz and mmwave bands.