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)|