The confusing market of cloud streaming handhelds expands with the most expensive
Today Razer has introduced the world's most powerful Android gaming handheld. It's called the Razer Edge, and it's the latest in an emerging market for enthusiast mobile gaming, a kind of strange hybridized market that sits between consoles and on-the-go mobiles.
The Razer Edge features decent specs, powered by the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 SoC for "high-end Android gaming" with a 6.8-inch 144Hz OLED display to match. It's built specifically to play Xbox cloud games and Android mobile games. Everything sounds pretty good except for the price.
The Razer Edge is $399, making more expensive than a Switch OLED. The Edge is also the same price as a Steam Deck. At this price the competition is so strong against the Razer Edge that this device is practically free-falling.
A big selling factor of the Razer Edge is that it has a version that's covered by Verizon's 5G network for cellular gaming. Verizon even calls it "the world's first handheld 5G gaming console". That version doesn't have a price tag, though.
The $399 version is WiFi-only, making it as expensive as a PlayStation 5 digital edition console that plays dedicated games.
Apart from the obvious contenders, the Razer Edge is going up against other cloud devices like Logitech's G Cloud, a cloud gaming handheld designed for curious gamers, and Google's confusing new range of Chromebooks optimized for cloud streaming (yes, Google actually did announce a lineup of expensive Chromebook laptops made specifically for cloud game streaming shortly after closing down Stadia).