Published on January 8th, 2013 | by Derek Strickland, Contributor

Razer’s Edge Tablet Unveiled at CES 2013 to Deliver PC-Quality Gaming

Razer has transformed their Project Fiona prototype into an immensely powerful gaming tablet that packs a multitude of power, allowing gamers to experience PC-quality gaming for the first time with a tablet device.

Razer calls this new beastly tablet the Edge, and the demo version featured at this year’s Consumers Electronics Show (CES 2013) is markedly different from Project Fiona: for one, the fastened controllers that paralleled the screen have been made optional, retaining a true tablet shape without any wonky handlebars.

The Edge has been called the “world’s most powerful gaming tablet” by Razer for very good reason, as the new tablet boasts some pretty impressive hardware like Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, a native Windows 8 Operating System, an Nvidia GT 640 LE GPU, and up to 8GB of RAM along with up to 256GB Solid State Drives (SSD).

What makes the Razer Edge so impressive is it’s ability to play many of the most recent PC games at 30 frames-per-second or higher: Dishonored runs at 59 fps, Battlefield 3 at 30 fps, and DiRT Showdown at 41 fps.

“The Razer™ Edge Pro is more than just a tablet, it’s a full-fledged mobile gaming PC, ready to play all of your favorite games and applications. With Windows 8, gamers will have access to the largest library of games in the world, so you’re not waiting on the most popular games and software.”

With Razer’s Edge, players can hook up the tablet to their big-screen HDTV via HDMI and enjoy gaming as well as other entertainment, or even surf the web and utilize programs via Windows 8. The Edge also comes with a docking station, transforming the tablet into a mini-console, and players can even hook up two USB controllers up to it and use it as a screen for multiplayer gameplay.

The Edge comes in two different types, each with prices scaled to their hardware: the Edge (basic) and Edge Pro (enhanced). Below you can find the specs for each of the two variations:

Razer Edge (Basic)

  • Duo Core Intel i5 processor
  • Nvidia GT640 LE GPU
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM @ 1600 MHz
  • 64 GB SSD
  • USB 3.0
  • HDMI output

Razer Edge Pro (Enhanced)

  • Quad Core Intel i7 Processor
  • Nvidia GT640 LE GPU
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM @1600 MHz
  • 256 GB SSD
  • USB 3.0
  • HDMI output

The Razer Edge is slated for release sometime in Q1 of this year with a $999 price point for the Edge (basic) version.For more information and updates please visit Razer’s official website.

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