Razer’s New Handheld Looks Like a Switch and Runs Android

Razer is known for its gaming peripherals, which it has launched for desktop PCs, consoles, and even smartphones. Now, it’s doubling down on mobile gaming, and cloud gaming, with the new Razer Edge.

The Razer Edge is the company’s first Android device since the Razer Phone 2, which is saying a lot. But rather than this being a phone, it’s actually a Nintendo Switch-like handheld. It has two detachable controllers on the left and right, known as the Razer Kishi V2 Pro, as well as a 6.8-inch 144Hz AMOLED display.

When it comes to internals, we have a Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 SoC with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Qualcomm has been pretty secretive about that chip, but we know that it has a boost frequency of 3 GHz and, in the case of the Razer Edge at least, it’ll be actively cooled.

Clearly, it doesn’t carry PC specs, so you shouldn’t expect to play AAA PC games natively on a Razer Edge like you can on a Steam Deck. Instead, this device is much more similar to Logitech’s cloud gaming handheld in that aspect. You can play Android games and, if you want to, play heavier games on the cloud through services such as Xbox Cloud Gaming and NVIDIA GeForce Now.

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If you wish to try it out, it’ll be available in 2023, starting at $399 for the Wi-Fi version. There will also be a 5G version that will be exclusive to Verizon, but we’re yet to learn the pricing details for this one.

Source: Qualcomm, Razer, NotebookCheck

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