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Razer has just announced a new handheld game console running Android and 5G compatible. The gaming brand has received support from Qualcomm and operator Verizon.

After Valve’s Steam Deck and the Logitech G Cloud, we will soon have to rely on the Razer Edge 5G. The famous gaming brand, known for its peripherals, PCs and even smartphones, has just announced a portable video game console. Called Razer Edge 5G, it runs under the android operating system of Google and has the particularity of being always connected. Unlike the G Cloud which only offers Wi-Fi, the Edge 5G shows itself compatible with mobile data.

It embeds a Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 chip for this and the presence of this platform is not a surprise. Dedicated to video games, it was presented last year by Razer and Qualcomm in the hope of competing with Valve and Nintendo. This platform provides what gamers need by supporting the 4K at 144 frames per second, 10-bit HDR, fast charging, immersive sound or offer a haptic engine. You can even benefit from a TV output or add fans. Connectivity is not left out with the possibility of offering Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, in addition to 5G.

Razer bets on 5G to make a difference

As soon as it was announced, Razer had also presented a prototype to praise the merits of the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1. In addition to the Qualcomm chip, the three-headed snake firm can count on Verizon as a partner to provide a 5G connectivity. The latter must offer optimal gaming conditions and a solution to make cloud gaming accessible, even without Wi-Fi. As a reminder, 5G considerably improves speeds and ensures low latency: which sometimes earns it a comparison with fiber. optical compared to ADSL.

The prototype presented last year by Qualcomm and Razer. © Qualcomm

An argument in favor of this portable machine which will not compete with the Steam Deck. On the other hand, she will be powerful enough to run all Android games and support cloud play.

Razer, however, is still shy and does not share many details about its console. The brand wants us to wait until its event RazerCon 2022 which will be held on next october 15. It is to be expected that the console will take elements from the prototype, but nothing has been confirmed. Only a short video makes it possible to guess the contours of the console while the presence of the Xbox logo suggests that the Game Pass Ultimate could be in the game.

Besides the features, we are waiting to know the price and release date of the Razer Edge 5G.

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