Razer Edge teardown reveals active fan

Razer hasn't made a smartphone in a while, but they have an Android-powered gaming handheld called the Razer Edge.
Razer Edge

Razer hasn’t made a smartphone in a while, but they just released an Android-powered gaming handheld, the Razer Edge. The device is built very much like a smartphone, as you can see in a new teardown video from PBKreviews. There are no cameras on the back, though. But one on the front in the middle for use in landscape format.

The first thing you see is the card slot, which is designed for a nanoSIM and a microSD card. In the video, the Wi-Fi 6E model is disassembled without 5G connectivity. If you want to play online and stream games on the go, you can also buy a version with mmWave since last week on Verizon. The video also shows the position where the mmWave antenna is normally located.

The Razer Edge features passive cooling with graphite foil on the plastic back. But there is also active cooling with ventilation slots and a small fan inside. Heat transfer from the chipset goes through thermal pads, thermal grease, and a layer of copper tape. On the other side of the board is a vapor chamber that dissipates heat through the display.

The base Razer Edge model comes with 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage working together with a Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 chipset. The price on Razer.com is $400. The 5G model has 8 GB of memory and additional sub-6 GHz and mmWave connectivity. PBKreviews gave the Razer Edge a repairability score of 6.5/10. The main drawback is the limited availability of spare parts.

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