Razer has joined forces with multinational telecommunications conglomerate Verizon and processor manufacturer Qualcomm to announce the world’s first console with 5G connectivity.
The Edge 5G handheld console was revealed at the recent Mobile World Congress event in Las Vegas, USA.
— Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) September 30, 2022
First laptop with 5G
Judging by the name of the new device from Razer, this is an update to the original Razer Edge console, which was released in 2013. Indeed, Verizon and Razer are touting their console as the world’s first 5G mobile gaming laptop. In addition, Verizon has confirmed that the device will run on Android, meaning users will also have access to the Google Play Store.
In terms of design, we can expect a black and green gaming console that will have a traditional controller layout. On the left side, expect a cursor cross, a joystick, and one action button. The right part features the second joystick and game buttons X, Y, A and B. The middle part is filled by a 6.65″ OLED display with a Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. Of course, there will also be rear triggers L1, L2, R1 and R2. The body of the console has integrated a 6,000mAh battery.
The new Edge allows users to play mobile games locally as well as stream console and cloud games. It is known that the Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 will be used as the console’s gaming platform. Thanks to such a powerful gaming platform, users will be presumably able to play games even without connecting to cloud gaming services.
The first prototype was revealed last year
No details on price, hardware, or release date have yet been revealed, but Razer says more details about the console will be revealed at RazerCon 2022 scheduled for October 15.
While we don’t have full details on what’s inside, it’s likely that we’ll see a console based on the prototype from November 2021, when Razer showed a device that was equipped with a 6000 mAh battery and a front camera with Full HD resolution. Moreover, the console had a 6.65” OLED display with a frequency of 120 Hz and USB Type-C, allowing the connection of external monitors.
The market for mobile gaming devices has changed a lot since the development of the G3x gaming platform, but it is likely that the Razer Edge 5G will not only impose a lot of competition on the current release of Steam Deck, but will also compete with other big players such as the Nintendo Switch and even the recently announced G Cloud from Logitech.