The device which was first unveiled at last year’s CES makes an appearance again this year with news of pricing and a release date. Razer Edge, which was formerly called Project Fiona, will be available in the market sometime in the first quarter of this year with a starting price of $999.
This retail version of device which was developed through crowd-sourcing has some significant changes over the prototype version. One thing that is visibly noticeable is that the permanently attached side controllers are now removable and included as an optional accessory. The baseline specs have also been finalized with the company dubbing it as the “most powerful tablet in the world”.
Razer Edge Specifications
- Processor: Intel Core i5 Dual core w/ Hyper Threading Base 1.7GHz / Turbo 2.6GHz
- Memory: 4GB DDR3 (2x2GB 1600MHz)
- Video: Intel HD4000 (DX11), NVIDIA GT 640M LE (1GB DDR3, Optimus Technology)
- Display: 10.1” (IPS, 1366×768), 10-point capacitive touch
- Operating System: Windows 8
- Storage: 64GB SSD (SATA-III)
- Network: Intel WLAN (802.11b/g/n + BT4)
- Others: Stereo speakers, Codec supports 7.1 (via HDMI),HD Webcam (front-facing, 2MP),Array microphones, Dolby Home Theater v4,USB 3.0,x1 (green, SuperSpeed),Audio jack (3.5mm, 4-pole, stereo out / mic in)
The Pro version uses a Core i7 processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD and will cost $1,299.
In terms of physical appearance the Edge is twice as thick as iPad but only 25% heavier. Since it is designed with gaming specifically in mind it can run any Windows based PC game and can even access Steam. Some game titles that were tested were Dirt and Dishonored which ran smoothly at medium settings with 1366×768 resolution. One disadvantage that this device has over regular gaming desktops is that you won’t be able to easily upgrade its parts.
As far as gaming goes the Razer Edge is comparable to a mid-range laptop and will definitely be a device worth considering for people looking for a portable solution to fulfill their gaming needs.