Razer Edge Android gaming tablet w/ detachable controller, $399

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

As first teased by Verizon a few weeks ago, Razer has prepared a dedicated Android gaming device complete with Verizon’s 5G connectivity to enable cloud gaming on the go. What the company failed to convey, by using clever camera angles, is that the Razer Edge isn’t actually a full-fledged “handheld” like the current Logitech G Cloud, it’s actually a tablet.

Much like the Nintendo Switch, you can completely detach the side-mounted controller – dubbed the Razer Kishi V2 Pro, more on that in a moment – to use the Razer Edge as a basic tablet if you so choose. With a huge library of apps and games from Android and Google Play, the Razer Edge is equally suited to gaming and media consumption, with or without a controller.

With that in mind, Razer designed this tablet/handheld to be perfectly suited to both cloud gaming services like GeForce Now and Xbox Game Pass, and high-end mobile games like Apex Legends. Cloud gamers will rejoice in the availability of the Razer Edge 5G – exclusive to Verizon – to enable high quality gameplay wherever the signal allows. By default, Xbox Game Pass Streaming, GeForce Now, and Steam Link come preinstalled on the tablet. In fact, Steam Link even supports streaming from your local PC at up to 144Hz.

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

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Whether you play locally or in the cloud, the Razer Edge sports a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with a 2400×1080 resolution and an impressive 144Hz refresh rate. In supported games and services, your gameplay should be buttery smooth. That high-quality display is backed by a 5000mAh battery, which Razer says should let you play “for hours”.

Of course, being an Android device, it’s important to know that your device can stay up to date and secure. Razer has informed us that the Razer Edge 5G will launch on Android 12 and should be updated regularly to meet Verizon’s requirements.

Razer Edge 5G specifications

  • Processor: Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform
  • Operating system: Android 12
  • Advertisement: 6.8″ FHD+ 2400×1080 AMOLED 144Hz
  • Memory: 8GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Connectivity:
    • WiFi 6E
    • Bluetooth 5.2
    • Verizon 5G, Sub 6 and mmWave
  • Weight:
    • 263.8g tablet
    • 400.8g tablet + controller
  • Audio:
    • 2-way speakers with Verizon Adaptive Sound
    • 2 digital microphones
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Dimensions: 259.7 x 84.5 x 10.83mm

In and of itself, the Kishi V2 Pro controller is a cornerstone of the Razer Edge design. The controller is based on the current Kishi V2, with the same microswitches in the face buttons and D-pad, as well as programmable buttons.

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

The Wi-Fi model of the Razer Edge gaming tablet/handheld is slated to launch in January 2023 (US only) on the Razer Store for $399 USD. For the best chance of getting your hands on it, make a $5 refundable deposit today.

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In the meantime, the Razer Edge 5G will be available exclusively from Verizon, with release date and pricing yet to be determined. That said, Verizon is also preparing to conduct a limited beta test of the Razer Edge 5G in the near future, which may be the best bet to get the handheld/tablet ASAP.

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