The multi-million dollar Android gaming device, the Razer Edge, will crush Logitech’s G2O

News Summary:

  • It’s said to be a great device for cloud game streaming via Xbox Cloud Gaming or Nvidia GeForce Now. Razer says the Edge supports up to 144 frames per second via the Steam Link app when streaming PC games locally. The Edge runs Android 12 with Qualcomm’s G3X Gen 1 chipset, but it’s not an all-in-one handheld like the concept shown months ago (like Logitech’s G Cloud Gaming handheld), but a 6.8-inch tablet that can be separated from its controller. That controller, by the way, is the Kishi V2 Pro, a more feature-packed version with haptics and a 3.5mm headphone jack. This gamepad will not be available separately for now, but is only bundled with the Edge.

  • Razer finally unveils the Edge, its portable Android gaming handheld. The good news is that it looks much better than the last time we saw it in December 2021. There’s a lot to talk about with this device. The Edge will launch in January 2023 in a Wi-Fi-only version for $399.99, followed by a 5G-enabled version via Verizon in early 2023. It will support the carrier’s ultrawideband and sub-6GHz networks. Razer is following the Steam Deck reservation model, where you can reserve an Edge for $5.

The tablet component stands out with its specifications, namely the 6.8-inch FHD Plus OLED display (2,400 x 1,080), which has a fast refresh rate of 144 Hz. Besides the G3x Gen 1 chipset, which Qualcomm calls a “gaming platform,” there is 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, which should give the device some speed, and 128 GB of storage. It has Bluetooth 5.2 for connecting headphones and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, making it compatible with some of the fastest routers available, like Google’s Nest Wifi Pro, Eero’s Pro 6E and others.

Even though the Edge isn’t the first of its kind, it probably won’t stand out from the crowd with a price tag of $399.99, which is only $50 more than the Logitech G Cloud Gaming handheld, which has lower specs. If the 144 Hz refresh rate screen and Razer’s powerful chipset perform great in both cloud game streaming and running Android games natively, the Edge will likely be the benchmark when it is released in early 2023.

The Edge has a front-facing camera, so you can stream on Twitch or make a Zoom call while you play. As for battery life, Razer has said that the Edge will have a 5,000mAh battery, so it will likely last a while if you only use it for cloud game streaming.

The Edge with Wi-Fi will be available through the Razer website and RazerStore stores, while the Edge 5G will be available exclusively through Verizon.