Saturday, March 28, 2009

GP2X Wiz Almost Here

The Korean handheld is scheduled to be released in April. Despite the silly name, the Wiz packs a punch in the power department. A 533Mhz 3D flash engine powers the Linux based handheld and should provide homebrew developers with plenty to work with. You can develop your own software for the Wiz and there's an active community supporting the various incarnations of the handheld at GP32x forums.

It also comes with games already preloaded on the system and has various improvements over the first GP2X model, such as an OLED touch screen, 1gb of flash memory storage and Lithium rechargeable battery (no more AA batteries!). While the picture shows two d-pads, the community suggested the company change the right d-pad back to regular buttons and that's how it will contain when it's released.

Don't expect it to compete with the PSP or DS, but as a hobby machine for watching videos and playing retro games with the inevitable emulators and free software, there's plenty of fun to be had! 

More information once it's released.

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