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Razer and Verizon tease a 5G gaming handheld that can play games locally

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Razer, Qualcomm and Verizon are working together on a 5G gaming handheld. The carrier teased the Razer Edge 5G at Mobile World Congress Las Vegas. Details about the device are scarce, but what we do know is that it’s Qualcomm’s . Announced in December, the chipset has built-in an Adreno GPU that can run Android games at 144 frames per second, with support for 10-bit HDR. In addition, it offers both 5G and WiFi 6E connectivity thanks to the company’s FastConnect 6900 system.

Late last year, Qualcomm and Razer released a Developer Kit designed as a showcase of the G3x’s capabilities. The device had a 120Hz, 6.65-inch OLED display, four-way speakers and built-in controls. If we had to guess, the Razer Edge 5G will closely match that prototype. In the teaser it shared today, Razer showed off enough of the Edge 5G to reveal that it will have a design that’s a bit more refined than the latest Edge-branded Razer device.

According to Verizon, the Android handheld can play games locally, in addition to streaming from the cloud and consoles. That puts the Razer Edge 5G in an interesting spot between and . The first is a dedicated cloud gaming device and costs $350, a hefty price for its limited capabilities. The Steam Deck is more expensive, but can run games like Elden Ring, Stray and Hades native. And if you already have those titles on Steam, you don’t have to pay for them again. What the Steam Deck doesn’t have is 5G connectivity, and that’s something that could make the Razer Edge 5G an interesting option when it releases. Razer, Qualcomm and Verizon pledged to share more information about their partnership on October 15 at .

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