It seems that the handheld market is attracting all the attention at the moment. Following in nVidia’s footsteps, Razer has announced the Edge gaming tablet, which is designed to give a full PC gaming experience while on the move. It will also be using Windows 8 as an operating system.
The technical specs for the base model are pretty impressive, with a 64GB SSD, 4GB RAM, Intel i5 processor running at 1.7Ghz, though according to the product page there is a turbo mode pushing that up to 2.6Ghz. The tablet will also use the nVidia GeForce 1Gb GT 640M graphics card. The screen will be 10.1 inches and high definition.
The Pro model will have an Intel i7 processor at 1.9Ghz though can be pushed to 3 Ghz, 8GB RAM, the option of either 128GB or 256 GB SSD, nVidia GeForce 2Gb Gt 640M graphics card.
Razer are advertising this as a tablet; a PC because you can attach a keyboard to it; a home console as you can use controllers for it and a handheld as there is an attachment which adds a pad to the tablet, making it look similar to the Wii U GamePad.
However, this isn’t a cheap bit of kit with the basic version currently being priced at $999, while the Pro version is being priced at $1299.99. The attachments themselves are priced similarly to something like the Vita. The Gamepad attachment is $249.99, the keyboard dock is $199.99 and the normal docking station is $99.99.
However, those prices don’t include either the VAT (or sales tax) or shipping costs, and currently it’s only going to be released in the US. Honestly, at those prices I can’t see this having major success, and probably prices itself right out of the market. So, an interesting idea that’s unaffordable for most.