we tested the Razer Edge 5G

A new console with Android lands on the market to compete with the Logitech G Cloud, Evercade EXP, Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck: the Razer Edge 5G finally debuts in the United States with maximum power and gaming features. And it includes high connectivity of series; with 5G mmWave as a highlight.

Portable consoles took a huge leap in performance with the introduction of the Nintendo Switch, a landscape screen format and controls anchored at the ends in which numerous brands were inspired. Razer is one of the last to take sides within the “Android gaming” segment, if it ever abandoned it: the Razer Edge 5G portable console combines the body of a smartphone and physical controls in the same device.

Razer Edge data sheet

Razer Edge

Screen

6.8-inch OLED
FullHD+ at 2,400 x 1,080
144Hz refresh

Processor

Qualcomm G3X Gen 1

versions

8GB/128GB

rear cameras

Determined

Frontal camera

Determined

Battery

5,000mAh

System

Android 12

connectivity

5G mmWave
Wi-Fi 6E
uwb
Bluetooth 5.2
headphone jack
usb type c

Dimensions and weight

Determined

Others

Kishi V2 Pro controller included

Price

Starting at $599.99 ($359.99 with a Verizon line)

A console that is much more than a console

Razer Edge 5G

I was able to test the Razer Edge 5G when Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in Hawaii, Razer was one of the brands that attended the event to cement its presence in the mobile processor arena. And the result of this collaboration between Qualcomm and Razer comes the Edge 5, a portable console that aims to take Android gaming to a new level.

The most powerful in Android and behind the iPhone: we put the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 to the test

Perhaps this device sounds familiar to you from before, not in vain Razer and Verizon revealed it minimally in October 2022. But it was not until CES 2023 in Las Vegas when the portable console finally saw the light; along with the first impressions of all of us who were able to prove its benefits. Which are many.

Razer Edge 5G

The first thing that stands out is its weight and its dimensions: the Razer Edge 5G is generous in both aspects; what gives one remarkably large footprint for a portable console: 6.8 inches. A little below the 7 inches of the Steam Deck, but far superior in the technology and quality of the panel used by Razer: from the LCD and 60 Hz of the Steam Deck to the OLED and 144 Hz of the Razer Edge 5.

Despite the fact that it may seem like a full-fledged portable console once assembled, the truth is that the device consists of three parts: the console itself, which is nothing more than a mobile without being mobile, and the two physical controls , each housed at one end and joined together by the extendable guide that characterizes the Razer Kishi. In fact, the Kishi included in the Razer Edge 5G is exclusive to this console. And it brings unique features; as the improvement in haptic sensation by vibration.

Razer Edge 5G

Despite the fact that the body of the device is identical to a smartphone, and even includes 5G connectivity (in the version marketed by Verizon, later there will be a model with WiFi only), at Razer they stressed to me several times that “It’s not a phone” (it is not a phone). It does not allow you to make calls, although you can use VoIP, such as calls from WhatsApp, Telegram or other applications.

Although the Razer Edge 5G can be disassembled to become a device similar to a phone, the brand makes it clear that it is not a mobile: it cannot make phone calls

It’s a shame that it doesn’t offer more support for smartphone features, as it would allow you to leave the house with just the Razer Edge 5G and leave your phone at home. This way, acquiring the console does not free you from having a mobileat least whenever you want to have telephone coverage.

Perfect for Android games, less versatile than the Steam Deck

Razer Edge 5G

The construction is excellent, it feels very solid in the hands, comfortable, with an exquisite design for the controls and a quick response to interactions, both from the controls and on the screen. Multimedia playback is at an excellent level and power, helped by the Qualcomm Snapdragon G3X Gen 1, is also excellent. Too bad Razer bets on a SoC that has been on the market for almost two years; even though it is designed to enhance mobile gaming. In fact, it is the same chipset as the one that equipped the previous Razer console, a machine that did not come out of the initial tests.

The Razer Edge 5G will first be marketed in the United States under the Verizon umbrella. And it’s like that for a reason: this console is compatible with millimeter bands, we were able to test the 5G mmWave connection in Hawaii with download speeds greater than 3 Gbps. From Razer they assured us that later they would distribute a WiFi-only version, although they did not know how to specify if it would come out in countries like Spain.

Razer Edge 5G

The Razer Edge 5G is a better option than a Logitech G Cloud, for example: similar format, quite similar price and a hardware performance that is light years away from Logitech’s proposal. With respect to the Steam Deck, the comparison is more complicated: Steam’s proposal is impressive with computer games, but Android games are not so good at it (there is an option to emulate them, but it is not easy).

Razer Edge 5G

It seemed like a good proposal to me, a pity that Razer did not decide to expand its availability to more countries apart from the United States. And it marks the return to the Android “gaming” universe: after canceling the Razer Phone the brand is committed to the portable console format. Because no, the Razer Phone 5G is not a phone, it was clear to me.