Razer Edge Brings PC Gaming to Tablets, Set for Q1 2013
Razer's Project Fiona gaming tablet concept, first seen at CES 2012, has re-appeared at CES 2013 as the Razer Edge, a 10.1-inch touchscreen Windows 8 tablet that will be available in Q1 2013 in two configurations. The basic model will retail for US$999, and is armed with an Intel Core i5 processor, NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 64GB SSD, while the Razer Edge Pro will retail for US$1299 and boasts an upgraded i7 processor as well as 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD.
The biggest change to the Edge since we last saw it is the removal of the handle controllers attached to its sides. These controllers are now part of a peripheral attachment called the Gamepad Controller. The Gamepad Controller features four buttons, two analog sticks, 4-way D-pad, shoulder buttons and vibration-feedback. It will be available for US$249.
Other peripherals will also be available for the Edge. A Keyboard Dock will turn the Edge into a traditional notebook form factor (price currently unavailable).
And a Docking Station will add three USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI 1.4 port, mic-in and stereo-out letting you connect the Edge to an external monitor or TV, as well as the option to connect USB controllers for a console-like form factor. The Docking Station will retail for US$99.
An extended battery pack, which will also be compatible with both the Gamepad Controller and Docking Station will retail for US$69.
Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director, Min-Liang Tan said,
“When we decided to design a tablet from the ground up, we did it to create a phenomenal experience for mobile gamers. By combining the best of PC and console gaming with Windows 8, we’ve created a true gaming tablet. Clearly, the critical acclaim and community support the Razer Edge has enjoyed suggests we hit the mark. Now, we get to celebrate the reality of what was formerly a dream with the audience for which this groundbreaking tablet was made.”
No local pricing or availability has been released yet.