Laptop heist at CES

Razer's gaming laptop is called Project Valerie

California-based gaming firm Razer says two prototypes of its yet-to-be-released laptop were swiped from its booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Sunday.

In a Facebook post, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said he had been made aware of the theft and has contacted the police and CES organisers. "Our teams worked months on end to conceptualise and develop these units and we pride ourselves in pushing the envelope to deliver the latest and greatest", he added.

It's not known which prototypes were stolen, but given that the jewels of Razer's CES crown this year were the gorgeous Chroma projector, known as Project Ariana, and the (frankly-ludicrous) three-display laptop known as Project Valerie, you can make some pretty safe assumptions.

While no more details were offered, Tan did raise the possibility of this being a case of industrial espionage. The company is now offering a $25,000 reward for any information regarding the theft.

Jonathan is our Google Nexus and Android enthusiast. "We have filed the necessary reports and are now working with the show management as well as law enforcement to address this issue", said Tan in his Facebook post.

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Tan updated his post confirming the theft had taken place on January 8, the last day of CES 2017.

Razer, in its sole discretion, will decide who is entitled to a reward and in what amount. He's also asking show attendees to email legal@razerzone.com with any info they might have on what happened. And the other one being Project Ariana, a projection system that projects lower resolution game content over to a high-resolution TV or monitor. $25,000 is the maximum reward value; it could be lower, dependent on the value of the information.

CES 2017 has just ended and there was plenty of awesome technology to see at this year's show. CNET contacted Razer for information about the stolen devices, but the company did not respond.

This is not the first time the company has faced such an incident.

Razer had plans to launch the laptops commercially soon.

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