FunKey S - A Tiny Foldable Keychain-sized Game Console
Despite the fact that there is no shortage of portable game consoles in the market in the retro style, the developers of FunKey S decided to try their luck. The device is one of the smallest gaming consoles to date.
The console is small enough to take a place in the keychain, but at the same time convenient enough to be used for a long time. However, the device is only suitable for fast retro-style play on the go.
The small gaming device is equipped with a 1.54-inch IPS display with a resolution of 240 x 240 pixels, an ARM Cortex-A7 processor with a clock frequency of 1.2 GHz, 64 MB of DDR2 RAM and support for microSD memory cards up to 128 GB.
There is a 450 mAh battery, a micro USB port for charging, a 0.5 W speaker, and a Linux-based operating system called FunKey-OS, which, according to the developer, boots in less than 5 seconds and automatically saves the game’s state when closed covers.
Although FunKey S will not come with licensed games like some other retro consoles, it supports emulators for classic game consoles, including NES, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Sega Game Gear, Sony PlayStation 1, Atari Lynx, WonderSwan and Neo Geo Pocket.
The developers also promise to make the source code of the operating system and emulators available on the project page on GitHub (FunKey project). Also, there will be available diagrams and drawing files that will allow you to print your own case in a 3D printer.
But perhaps the most impressive feature of FunKey S is its size. At 42.5 x 44.5 x 13.8 mm, the small system is significantly smaller than the real Game Boy Advance SP, which has a 2.9-inch display and dimensions of 84 x 82 x 24.4 mm.
Does the size affect the gameplay? Probably no. But miniaturization certainly makes the console comfortable to wear.
FunKey S is expected to go on sale in November. The developers are currently conducting a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, where you can pre-order the device for a price of 62 euros (about $71).