iPhone 3GS Hardware Exposed – Running Same CPU as Palm Pre


Only hours after a midnight opening at the Orange Boutique in Paris, the guys over at Rapid Repair were already taking the new iPhone 3GS to task – dismantling Apple’s newest device to get the first look at what she’s running under the hood.

The chipset has been identified as the SoC (System on a Chip) S5PC100 from Samsung, which confirms the ARM Cortex A8 – a 600 MHz processor (capable of running at upto 833MHz). Coincidentally, it’s the same chip set that runs the Palm Pre.

Graphics upgraded courtesy of a PowerVR SGX GPU, and RAM has been lifted to 256 MB (up from 128 MB)

The S5PC100 has the ability to record 720p video and handle real-time video conferencing, at this stage however, Apple has only announced VGA recording capability on the 3GS. At least the potential is there.

See below for a comparison chart of the iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre (courtesy Rapid Repair).

iPhone 3G S Palm Pre
CPU Samsung S5PC100 Texas Instruments OMAP 3430
ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX graphics ARM Cortex A8 600MHZ, PowerVR SGX 530 (GPU), 430MHz C64x, DSP and ISP (Image Signal Processor)
Baseband Processor Updating soon Qualcomm MSM6801A
Storage Internal 16/32 GB Internal 8 GB
Memory 256 MB RAM 256MB DDR2
LCD 3.5-inch 480-by-320-pixel at 163 ppi Multi-Touch display 3.1-inch 480-by-320-pixel Multi-Touch display
Connectivity UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz) UMTS/HSDPA (1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
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2 Responses to “iPhone 3GS Hardware Exposed – Running Same CPU as Palm Pre”

  1. […] we’ve all seen the specs. The new iPhone 3GS (the S being for speed) is definitely faster on paper. And Apple claims the 3GS […]

  2. Corey Hussar says:

    I’ve had my Pre since shortly after release and am glad to locate (by way of this forum) that I can now set a ring tone on incoming text messages and can research by means of e-mails and such. Now is there any hope for an upcoming launch through which I can look for my calendar? Would make my career a great deal easier, acquiring dates of final appointments. No other complaints, except that yesterday I was in and out of Sprint assistance (not unusual). I think I was roaming, and looked at my calendar. Everything in the calendar was one hour earlier than what I had input. The clock was 1 hour early as properly. I was afraid to death–then, once we got back into Sprint program again, almost everything was normalized. Has this happened to anyone else?? Searching forward to answers, but please bear in mind, I’m no techie and speak English instead of technospeak.

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