Revo K101 Plus – GBA Clone – Console Highlight
I’ve got something a bit different for today’s post. I’ve decided to create a category for posts that will highlight video game consoles that you might not have previously been aware of. From retro handhelds to high quality hardware clones, I’ll aim to give you a quick overview of the device, detail what it can do and provide you with links to additional sources of information.
In this post I’ll be taking a look at the Revo K101 Plus – a hardware based clone of the Nintendo Game Boy Advance – and a console that I’ve been wanting to get my hands on for some time now.
Revo K101 Plus Overview
The Revo K101 Plus is a Game Boy Advance console clone designed to play GBA cartridges as they were originally intended to be played. The Revo K101 Plus uses a sytem on a chip design (SoC). The definition of this according to Wikipedia being ‘A system on a chip or system on chip (SoC or SOC) is an integrated circuit (IC) that integrates all components of a computer or other electronic system into a single chip.’
This sets it apart from other devices that play GBA games via emulation and through the use of GBA roms. With the K101 you can use your actual GBA cartridges, as well as GBA roms. The K101 will not play your Gameboy or Gameboy Color cartridges, however, GB and GBC roms can still be played.
It looks like a great device for those interested in playing their original GBA cartridges on a high quality large display. The screen on the K101 is much better than the original GBA SP and at 2.6″ is bigger than that found on the GBA micro (2″).
Games can also be outputted to your TV using ta 2.5mm AV cable. Just don’t expect your GBA games to look amazing on your 50″ TV.
Inside the box you’ll also find the K-card. This is a GBA flash cart that allows you to add roms or homebrew games. The K-card accepts micro SD cards for storage.
K101 Plus Technical Specification:
- Dual Core system – ARM7+ARM9 compatible
- CPU – 16.67 MHz
- DRAM – 50 MHz
- Frame Rate – 60 fps
- Graphics – Dedicated GPU hardware circuits
- Sound – Dedicated SPU hardware circuits
- LCD – AUO TFT 3 inch screen (960×480 max resolution)
Features according to the official reseller:
- Full compatibility with normal hardware GBA games and ROMs
- Support for official GBA cartridges
- Support for pirated GBA cartridges
- Official and Unofficial GBA link cable support (K101-K101, K101-K1 GBA SP, K101-GBA)
- Cheat support (GBA .CHT files)
- Support for standard 3.5 mm headphone jack
- TV-out via a 2.5 mm AV cable
- Real Time Clock (RTC) functionality
- MP3 playback functionality
- Battery – Nokia clone BL-5B 3.7v 890mAh Li-ion rechargeable
What can the Revo K101 Plus play?
The Revo K101 Plus is said to have full compatibility with GBA cartridges and roms, although given the sheer number of games available, it’s hard to confirm this. GBATemp tested out a number of cartridges and roms with the device and although the majority did play without issue, a few had problems including minor slowdown. You’ll unlikely find better compatibility among other GBA clones.
The system also supports playing of NES, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gamegear, Master System, and PC-Engine/TurboGrafx-16 roms. This is however based on emulation, and the performance of some games will vary. If your interests are purely to do with the emulation side of things, the K101 Plus may not be the device for you. One of the various Android based handhelds (e.g. the GPD XD or the JXD S7800b) will probably suit your needs better.
The device also has a built-in text-reader, image-viewer and mp3 player, all nice-to-haves but features that you’ll unlikely ever use.
Revo K101 Plus Videos
Where to buy the Revo K101 Plus
The Revo K101 Plus is available for around the £70 mark. The crystal black version appears to be the most popular and costs slightly more than the crystal blue and crystal clear version.
K1GBASP is the official reseller. At time of posting you could also find it on Amazon and ebay. You may also be able to find UK stock from UK importers, although this will come at a premium. The latest ebay listings are displayed below (should there currently be any listings that is…)
Official Revo K101 site – http://www.revok101.com/
GBATemp’s fantastic review of the Revo K101 Plus – https://gbatemp.net/threads/k101-revo-official-gbatemp-review.339019/
Max Glenister’s equally fantastic review – https://blog.omgmog.net/post/review-the-revo-k101-plus/