The Razer Edge 5G: The Newest Gaming Handheld on the Block

Razer Edge 5G

The Razer Edge 5G is the latest iteration of mobile gaming and takes it one step further by allowing games to play outside of WiFi range with Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband Network.

We were so excited to learn more that we sat down with Kelsey Peterson, the gaming lead on the product marketing team at Verizon. One of the biggest takeaways from speaking with her is the Razer Edge 5G is made by gamers, for gamers. And at the same time, it’s not just limited to gaming. They wanted to elevate the mobile gaming space with a custom-built, next level tablet that would change the way you think about mobile gaming. Let’s get into it.

The Ultimate Android Gaming Handheld powered by Snapdragon G3X Gen 1 Platform, 144Hz AMOLED FHD+ screen, and Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband or WiFi connectivity.

First thing to keep in mind: it’s not a mobile phone or an e-reader. It’s a tablet built like a PC for gaming but don’t worry, no driver updates here!

The second big thing is the Razer Edge 5G seamlessly takes gaming out of the home. You may be thinking to yourself, why now? Because, as Kelsey Peterson said, “We finally have a network with a capacity that can stream AAA games. It means I’m not limited to what my phone can support” which leads to potential that’s never been seen before.

The Razer Edge 5G will bring AAA console gaming to wherever you are as “5G Ultra Wideband is fast enough and reliable enough you can’t tell the difference between something that’s downloaded on the device and something that’s being streamed online.” The Edge 5G provides TV-quality performance in the palm of your hand, with 2-way speakers with Verizon Adaptive Sound for more immersive, 3D surround sound. The display also comes in at just under 7” while also rocking an HDR AMOLED™ FHD+ panel and up to a 144Hz refresh rate to ensure your games look better and run smoother.

You know what else can’t be matched? The performance. The Razer Edge 5G runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon® G3x Chipset with cooling capabilities that actively cool the device as it heats, all while keeping the dive quiet with its tiny built-in fans. That cooling tech isn’t just ensuring that your graphics stay sharp, it’s also enabling you to game longer with up to 40% more battery life! All that combined with the device’s low latency means “you can see a night and day difference” during long play sessions compared to cloud gaming on a mobile phone.

So what about the games? They’ve got that covered, [with the Razer Edge 5G] “mobile gaming now means I have my entire Xbox library on there. I’ve got almost my entire Steam library through Steam Link or Nvidia GeForce NOW”. Peterson loves the ease at which she can play games, then pop the controllers off to use the tablet to stream her favorite video apps from the Android marketplace. With the Razer Edge 5G, you’re free to pause a game in one location then unpause it somewhere else! It’s akin to Netflix, pause your show, and sign in at a different spot- exactly where you left off. There’s no starting over or making additional accounts. And that’s true of the device overall- it’s about your games, your library, your way. The Razer Edge 5G can be a primary gaming device, and could easily be a partner device to your consoles or PC, taking those gaming experiences with you when you leave. All that power in your hands? It’s hard to believe. But thanks to HyperSense Haptics for complete control and total immersion, your hands will believe that power for themselves.

The Razer Edge 5G takes advantage of Verizon’s full 5G network as well as 4G LTE and Wi-Fi 6E. That means you can be connected no matter where you go. Visit for the latest pricing and promotions. For those who want to learn more, check out the product page!

Have your Razer Edge 5G and a game in mind? Then you have what you need for a brand new mobile gaming experience, wherever you are.

For that reason, and one more we’ll touch on in a moment, it’s hard to find where the Edge fits into the larger handheld race we’re seeing right now. The big contender here is the Steam Deck, which uses modern PC hardware and users’ existing Steam libraries to scratch the itch for a “Switch Pro.” Starting at $400, its competitive pricing and ability to play most titles, including AAA games, emulated games, and games hosted on the cloud, makes it hard to ignore. The Steam Deck is admittedly a bit heavy and unwieldy for some users, so much less powerful devices like the Anbernic RG35XX have flourished alongside it.

Handhelds like the Razer Edge and the Logitech G Cloud are trying to capture the middle ground, aiming to be more powerful Switches while not quite having the built-in power of the Deck. Instead, they’re beefier than dedicated retro emulator consoles like the Anbernic, but primarily sell themselves on providing a more lightweight AAA experience than the Steam Deck by solely using the cloud for AAA titles. When we reviewed the G Cloud, hoping it would fill the middle ground niche it’s clearly targeted towards, we were unimpressed by its power to price ratio, and urged most readers to buy a Steam Deck instead for just $50 more. The Razer Edge hopes to succeed where the G Cloud failed by being smaller and coming with a slightly more powerful chip and an even more high resolution (on paper) screen.

At $400, though, the Edge costs even more than the G Cloud–as much as the base model Steam Deck, in fact. This instantly kills it as a middle ground device and is what makes it so hard to place. By aping the form factor and 5G capabilities of a gaming smartphone like Asus’ ROG phone line, Razer’s handheld still almost makes a case for itself in a different niche than the Deck. It’s much more compact and lightweight than the Deck and even the G Cloud, while being less than half the price of the most recent ROG phone. But it still can’t do everything the Steam Deck can, isn’t quite as comfortable as the G Cloud, and is weaker than many recent phones, which means it’s probably a redundant device for most gamers, and not worth the cost unless you really care about active cooling.

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