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Super cool Razer Edge 5G hits Verizon store shelves

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Stock flies fast as Wi-Fi-only model goes into pre-order mode


With the exception of the Nintendo Switch, the options for a truly portable gaming console are few and far between. While the Steam Deck and Logitech G Cloud struggled to lead a paradigm shift, the latter’s arrival was hampered by its price, while Valve’s inventory simply wasn’t keeping up with demand. We’ve known about Razer’s launch in the segment for quite some time and were enthralled with the potential of the Razer Edge 5G at a CES demo. Now the anticipation is gone as customers in the US can purchase the 5G version of this new Android handheld exclusively from Verizon.

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Customers won’t be able to reserve one online for shipping: The Razer Edge 5G is only available for pickup where Verizon stores have it in stock and these locations are few and far between. In Greater Boston, we could only find one location that had an Edge to buy at this time.

Big Red lists the full retail price of the Razer Edge 5G at $600, but it will presumably start with an introductory promotion: customers who sign up for a new data-only line of service can finance an Edge for $10 per month for 36 months.

Meanwhile, Razer’s website has the Wi-Fi-only model of the Razer Edge for $400. Pre-orders are available until February 8, and it comes with a so-called L33T bundle that includes branded decals, lanyards, a door hanger, and other goodies.

One of the key selling points of the Razer Edge is its ability to support numerous games, including PC titles, through services like Xbox Game Pass, Parsec, Moonlight, Steam Pass, etc. This is in addition to the thousands of Android games already available on the Google Play Store, plus access to cloud gaming services like NVIDIA GeForce NOW and Xbox Cloud Gaming in beta.

To refresh your memory, the Razer Edge comes with a 6.8-inch FHD+ AMOLED display paired with a 144Hz display refresh rate. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s newest gaming processor, the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1. There are 128 GB of built-in storage and room for more with a microSD card slot. Interestingly, the 5G variant of the Razer Edge appears to have more RAM than its Wi-Fi-only sibling – 8GB compared to 6GB. There are no rear cameras here, but the handheld features a lone 5MP front-facing camera for live streaming your gaming sessions on Twitch or YouTube.

The aforementioned cost includes the Razer Kishi V2 Pro gaming controller, a slightly revamped variant of the currently available Kishi V2, though the new virtual controller mode is available for both via the Razer Nexus app. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack built right into the controller, allowing you to plug in your wired headphones if the Razer Edge’s built-in speakers aren’t getting the job done. You’ll also find two microphones built into this Android gaming handheld.

Users will get a 5,000mAh battery under the Razer Edge 5G and Wi-Fi models, and we’re guessing the former can quickly drain your battery, especially if you’re in a weak 5G coverage area – the cellular version supports 5G from Verizon. Ultra-broadband and 5G networks nationwide. Verizon’s product page claims that the Razer Edge 5G can run for up to 14 hours, but we’ll have to see if the number lives up to the tests. Both models run Android 12 out of the box and there is no mention of a possible update to Android 13 in the future.

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The Edge is Razer’s entry into the high-octane handheld wars of the early 2020s, and it’s not without its firepower: with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 and a Full HD AMOLED display, it can handle titles. Android, PC and Xbox. including cloud streaming services. The microswitches on the Kishi V2 Pro controls give off that “pro gamer” feel you’re familiar with from other Razer products. Importantly, you can buy the Razer Edge 5G exclusively from Verizon, which means you can take on the competition from anywhere.

The combination of the hardware and the selection of titles makes the Razer Edge series a powerfully tempting handheld, especially for those who have been apprehensive about the other options on the market. Of course, we can’t keep comparing it to G Cloud or Steam Deck if it can’t stand on its own, so we’ll keep an eye on user experiences and have our own opinions as soon as we know. you can handle them.

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