Leapster Explorer
ManufacturerLeapFrog Enterprises
Product familyLeapster series
TypeHandheld game console
GenerationSeventh generation
Release dateJune 7, 2010; 12 years ago (2010-06-07)
Lifespan
Units sold500
MediaLeapster Explorer or LeapFrog Explorer cartridges Didj cartridges
CPUARM9-based processor
PredecessorLeapster2
SuccessorLeapsterGS Explorer
LeapsterGS Explorer
ManufacturerLeapFrog Enterprises
Product familyLeapster series
TypeHandheld game console
GenerationEighth generation
Release dateJuly 18, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-07-18)
Lifespan
Units sold800
MediaLeapster Explorer or LeapFrog Explorer cartridges Didj cartridges
CPULeapFrog LF-2000 (Pollux SoC) ARM9 @ 550 MHz [1]
PredecessorLeapster Explorer

The Leapster Explorer is a handheld console developed and marketed by LeapFrog Enterprises as the third generation of the successful Leapster series. It is aimed at children aged 4 to 9.[2]

In June 2012, new versions of the Leapster Explorers were announced, set to be released on July 18 of that same year.[3] The update was branded the LeapsterGS Explorer and it has higher resolution front and back cameras, longer battery life, 2GB of memory, and an LF 2000 processor.[1]

Hardware

The Leapster Explorer is a Linux device powered by an ARM9-based processor clocked at 393 MHz with 64 MB DDR SDRAM, 512 MB user storage, and a Giantplus touchscreen display.[4][5] For the LeapsterGS Explorer, it is powered by a LF 2000 processor clocked at 550 MHz with 128 MB DDR SDRAM, 2GB memory storage, a new thinner sleek design, larger screen, and a bult-in megapixel camera as well as a motion sensor.

Like the Didj and unlike the Leapster/Leapster2, the consoles have also been a subject to user modification as they both run on an embedded Linux kernel. There has been a number of homebrew software written and/or ported for the two devices.

References

  1. ^ a b "LeapFrog reveals LeapPad 2 and Leapster GS learning tablets, priced at $70 and $100". Engadgetforkids.com. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-08-16. Retrieved 2010-10-17.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "New LeapFrog LeapPadster 2 and Leapster GS3 give Educational Gaming a Power Boost". 20 June 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  4. ^ http://elinux.org/Leapster_Explorer
  5. ^ "LeapFrog teases future mystery device, inadvertently spills beans in the past".

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