Atari Lynx

The Atari Lynx, released in 1989, was the first color screen handheld. It was a high end device with advanced graphics for its time, and a color LCD screen, but its higher price made it difficult for the Lynx to compete. It achieved moderate success shortly after its release but the Game Boy, which was released during the same year, dominated the handheld gaming market. Although the Lynx was a more capable device than the Game Boy, it was more expensive, and less attractive to game developers. In 1991 Atari launched a redesigned version of the Lynx (known internally as the Lynx II) which was more compact and power efficient, along with other minor changes.

  • Status: Discontinued
  • Availability date: 1989

Basic Specs

Form Factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 3.5 inches
Game media type Cartridge

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Tech Specs

Pricing / SKUs
SKU description Lynx, Lynx II
Hardware
Form Factor Slab
Length 10.75 inches
Width 4.25 inches
Thickness 1.5 inches
Color Gray / Black
Primary orientation Landscape
Display
Screen size (diagonal) 3.5 inches
Technology LCD
Resolution (longer) 160 px
Resolution (shorter) 102 px
Performance
CPU speed 16 MHz
Software
Game media type Cartridge
Power
Removable battery Yes
Battery type Disposable
Disposable type AA
Quoted use time 4 min
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