Razer, Verizon and Qualcomm Are Making a 5G Gaming Handheld

Another Switch competitor is entering the arena in the form of the Razer Edge 5G.

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Razer's new gaming handled

Razer's new gaming handheld is coming to Verizon. 


The Nintendo Switch, Valve Steam Deck and Logitech G Cloud will have another competitor: a new gaming handheld co-developed by Razer, Verizon and Qualcomm. Announced by Verizon on Wednesday, the new device is called the Razer Edge 5G and will run Android on top of Qualcomm's Snapdragon G3X Gen 1 Gaming Platform. 

As one would expect with Verizon as a partner, the new portable gaming device will also include support for the carrier's faster 5G Ultra Wideband networks, including both C-band and millimeter-wave flavors of 5G. Verizon says that the console will be capable of playing games locally, streamed from a console or streamed directly from the cloud. 

The partnership is the latest step by Verizon into the world of gaming. The carrier has gradually been increasing its presence in the space in recent years notably with sales of Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series S and X gaming consoles online and in some stores. The new Razer Edge 5G handheld will be able to stream games directly from Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming. 

Qualcomm and Razer, meanwhile, most recently teamed up on a reference device for Qualcomm's gaming platform, which they debuted last December. 

Verizon says that more details on this new device will be revealed at Razer's RazerCon event on Oct. 15. It did not reveal how much it will cost.

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