The Razer Edge looks like a Steam Deck schooling 5G cloud gaming beast

And I'm going to use that phrase for my next gamertag

Razer Edge 5G
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If you're into handheld gaming you're spoilt for choice right now: in addition to the Nintendo Switch OLED and the Steam Deck there's Logitech's G Gaming Handheld and now, the Razer Edge 5G. As the name suggests it's a handheld device with built-in 5G connectivity, but unfortunately it's only going to be available in the US at first as a Verizon exclusive.

That's a shame for those of us outside the States, because the specification is really tasty. The battery's a hefty 5,000mAh so it should have plenty of stamina, and at heart it's basically a fast Android 12 tablet with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 128 of solid state storage and a 3GHz Kryo CPU with Adreno CPU. It's based on the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform, and according to Razer early benchmarks show the platform outperforming other mobile gaming platforms by a factor of two to three times.

What games can you play on the Razer Edge 5G?

Razer says the device will come pre-installed with launchers for Xbox Cloud Gaming, Nvidia GeForce Now and Epic Games, and you'll also be able to access remote play platforms such as Steam Link, Moonlight and Parsec.

Razer has worked closely with US carrier Verizon and chipmaker Qualcomm on the Edge 5G, because of course with mobile gaming the quality of your data connection is paramount. In addition to 5G there's 6GHz WiFi 6E for speedy wireless gaming.

It looks great, but of course the devil is in the details – in particular, how much it'll cost. Razer hasn't announced that bit yet but the WiFi model, which you can already reserve, is coming in at $400. Pricing for the 5G version will be announced soon and it'll go on sale in January 2023.

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Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written thirteen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote another seven books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (havrmusic.com (opens in new tab)).