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There are two versions of the GameBoy Advance. The "regular" GBA has no backlight, and is wider than its newer brother, the GBA SP. The Game Boy Advance SP (pictured below) has a backlight, and features a folding screen, but no headphone jack. Both versions of the GBA are compatible with all GBA games (3 minor incompatibilities with the GBA SP).


Processor: 32-Bit ARM with embedded memory
RAM:  32 Kbyte + 96 Kbyte VRAM (in CPU), 256 Kbyte WRAM (external of CPU)
Graphics Resolution:
240 x 160 pixels
Colors On-Screen, Simultaneously:  511 in character modem and 32,768 in bitmap mode
Weight:  5 ounces
Screen:  Reflective TFT color LCD
Size (GBA): 3.2" height/5.69"width/0.97" depth
Size (SP):  3.3" height/3.23" width/0.96" depth
Power (GBA):  2 AA Batteries
Power (SP):   Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Backlight (GBA):  None
Backlight (SP):  Yes, Integrated with LCD
Battery Life: 10-18 Hours
Hardware Colors: Platinum and Cobalt

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