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This page is about the quite recent and unique Chinese GameBoy Pocket clone called "GB BOY". A GameBoy Color version exists called "GB BOY COLOUR" (sic).

The brand is "GangFeng" (also randomly transliterated to "GongFeng" or "KangFeng"). I didn't find the real name of the manufacturer.

The shell is held together by 3.8mm "game bit" and regular philips screws in locations similar to those on the real GameBoy pocket.

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Power requirements are also close to those of the real GameBoy Pocket.

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This one was apparently made in January 2013. That's actually a tamper-proof "crumbly" sticker covering one of the screws.

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For some reason, the designers also copied the original GameBoy by using a separate board for the self-oscillating DC-DC voltage converter, which provides 5V for logic and 20V for the LCD from the batteries ~3V supply. The coil is on the back.

Now on to the interesting stuff:

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In traditional bootleg Chinese style, the main ASIC is stamp-marked ("KF" for KangFeng ?) but doesn't seem to have been sanded down.

It runs on a 5.000MHz crystal, which is quite far off the original 4.194304MHz. It's unlikely to be PLL adjusted, maybe the frequency increase is needed to compensate for inaccurate video logic or display quirks.

The odd mix of semiconductor brands could make one think they're just using whatever chip is on hand before it's starting to rot.

The capacitors are from "United", if made-up capacitor brands ever mean anything...

The PCB routing is ugly but not that crazy. Note the "X4" logo and lot code next to the crystal. The silkscreen font and grid copper fills reminds me of the Watara Supervision. Smells like Hong-Kong.

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The row of diodes for the inputs is cute.

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