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Manufacturer GamePark Holdings
Type Handheld game console
Release date August 16, 2010
Discontinued September 2011
Media SD / SDHC card
CPU 533 MHz Host ARM9
Predecessor GP2X Wiz

The GP2X Caanoo, branded as CAANOO, is an open source, Linux-based handheld video game console and portable media player developed by the South Korean company GamePark Holdings. It was released on August 16, 2010 in South Korea, United States and Canada, and were also sold throughout Europe. It is the successor to the GP2X Wiz, and was showcased at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2010.[1] The device's launch price was about US$150.

The Caanoo is not a direct competitor of handheld consoles like Nintendo DS or PSP, but rather an alternative open source device. Because of that, any software that is compatible can be run without the need of creating custom firmware or other homebrew applications. This is the last open-source gaming device by Gamepark Holdings, as they ceased production and development of gaming hardware to focus solely on software.[2]



  • SoC (System on a Chip): MagicEyes Pollux VR3520F
  • CPU: ARM926EJ 533 MHz embedded on SoC (architecture version ARMv5TEJ)
  • GPU: 3D hardware engine embedded on SoC (OpenGL ES 1.1 support)
  • 3D performance: 133M Texel/s and 1,33M Polygon/s
  • main RAM: 128 Mbytes DDR SDRAM 133 MHz (peak memory bandwidth: 533 Mbytes/s)
  • video buffer: about 16 Mbytes of main RAM are reserved for the video/texture information
  • Operating System: GNU/Linux based
  • Flash memory: None (128 Mbytes reserved to the OS)
  • Connection to PC: USB 2.0 High Speed through EXT Port
  • USB Host: USB 1.1 standard socket
  • Supports SD / SDHC memory cards (up to 32 Gigabytes)
  • G-Sensor/Vibration Motor
  • High precision analog stick
  • Display: 3.5 inch LCD 320×240 pixel (resistive touchscreen)
  • Stereo audio DAC: Wolfson Microelectronics WM1800
  • Embedded Microphone and stereo Loudspeakers
  • Power: Internal 1850mAh Lithium Polymer Battery (approx. 5/6 hours game/video playback)
  • Dimensions : 146 (w) × 70 (h) × 18.5 (d) mm
  • Weight : 136g
  • WiFi via adapter (USB dongle – Purchased separately)
  • Colors: Black/Blue, White

NB: the CPU embedded on Pollux has a good tolerance to overclocking (until 750 MHz the system shouldn't have problems, just a shorter battery autonomy.)

Not all CPU/SoC are created equal and these results are theoretical. Some may not be able to push much past stock frequency. Overclocking will vary between each Caanoo.


The Caanoo can run several applications that emulate consoles or computer systems, such as DrPocketSnes for the Super Nintendo, GnGEO for the SNK Neo Geo AES/MVS, Hu-Go for the NEC PC-Engine, PCSX ReArmed for PlayStation 1 games, MAME4all for Arcade Coin-ops and Picodrive for the SEGA Megadrive and its add-ons, as well as freeware homebrew games/applications. These applications are created by the community itself and not by the manufacturers. Most, if not all of this software can be found at OpenHandhelds, a community-driven website.

Gamepark Holdings also had a website focused on downloadable content named FunGP. It sold commercial Caanoo and Wiz games, as well as some retro Arcade games. It has since ceased operations.

Caanoo is not compatible[3] with software built for previous GPH devices (such as the GP2X Wiz) without an application to allow it to do so. A compatibility layer named Ginge allows for most software to be compatible, and most applications have already been ported.

Multimedia capability

The Caanoo is a video player, an audio player, photo viewer and E-Book reader.


  • Container files: AVI
  • Video formats: DivX, XviD, MPEG4
  • Audio formats: MP3, WAV
  • Maximum Resolution: 640×480 pixel
  • Maximum Frame Rate: 30 frame/s
  • Maximum Video Bitrate: 2500kbit/s
  • Maximum Audio Bitrate: 384kbit/s
  • Captions: SMI


  • Audio formats: MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV
  • Channels: Stereo
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Power output: ?
  • Sample Resolution/Rate: 16bit/8–48 kHz, in 8bit/22 kHz



  • Supports txt files, it can also read pdf format through various apps.

External TV output

The SoC Pollux embeds (besides to the primary LCD controller) an NTSC/PAL encoder with internal DAC to manage an external analog video signal (CVBS output: 720×480 or 720×576 pixel interlaced, respectively 60/50 Hz vertical sync and 15 kHz horizontal sync).

See also


  1. ^ Engadget article about Caanoo presentation at E3 2010
  2. ^ Forum discussion on Gamepark Holding's change of plans
  3. ^ Caanoo emulation support discussion

External links

  • Official Gamepark Holdings Homepage
  • Official Caanoo homepage & Application Store (FunGP)
  • GP32x Community Website
  • News on Caanoo exclusive game projects (in English)
  • NewsWeeZ Caanoo News and Files (in English)
  • PDRoms Caanoo News and Files (in English)
  • Caanoo File Archive
  • Spanish homebrew videogames community (GP32Spain)
  • Caanoo Review
  • Caanoo Net - Caanoo info and news (Spanish)
  • Caanoo Review (in Italian)
  • Communauté Francophone Caanoo (In French)
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