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iPhone 3G S Gets Ripped And Dissected Into Pieces, Unveiling ARM Cortex A8 CPU At 600 MHz




With only hours before iPhone’s 3G S version officially goes up on sale across the world, Rapid Repair gang have managed to get their hands on one of Apple’s few available copies around, and dissected it into pieces,  letting us closely look into the main components assembled inside, including chips, amps, processors and involved manufacturing companies, who helped Cupertino building this powerful machine. From their tear-down, we learn that South Korean giant, Samsung provides the SoC S5PC100 chipset, while main processor confirmed to be ARM Cortex A8, running at 600 MHz, with 720p high-def support. PowerVR SGX graphics also integrated within the iPhone 3G S, with 256MB of RAM, instead of 128MB on previous models.  In addition, we can see the NAND Flash memory, provided by Toshiba and Infenion is there as well, providing myriad parts of the phone. Hit the jump to checkout the comparison chart of iPhone’s hardware and Palm’s Pre, as more pictures available at their website. Also, feel free to start sharing your personal reviews, once getting a brand new iPhone 3G S in the following days.

Update: iSuppli says the estimated cost of Apple’s new iPhone 3GS for the 16GB configuration, stands at $178.96 to manufacture. Mind you, this price valuation, refers to direct materials cost, with no inclusion of other essential operational expenses, such as shipping, distribution, royalty fees etc, which add some value to the overall price.Check out their components and cost drivers table, after the break.


[via RapidRepair]


xiPhone 2GiPhone 3GiPhone 3G SPalm Pre
CPUSamsung S3C6400 Samsung S3C6400Samsung S5PC100Texas Instruments OMAP 3430
xARM 11 412 MHz, PowerVR MBX-Lite graphicsARM 11 412 MHz, PowerVR MBX-Lite graphicsARM Cortex A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX graphicsARM Cortex A8 600MHZ, PowerVR SGX 530 (GPU), 430MHz C64x, DSP and ISP (Image Signal Processor)
Baseband ProcessorxInfineon 208 (PMB 8877)xQualcomm MSM6801A
StorageSamsung NAND Internal 4/8/16 GBToshiba NAND Internal 8/16 GBInternal 16/32 GBInternal 8 GB
Memory128 MB RAMSamsung 128 MB DDR RAM256 MB RAM256MB DDR2
LCD3.5-inch 480-by-320-pixel at 163 ppi Multi-Touch display3.5-inch 480-by-320-pixel at 163 ppi Multi-Touch display3.5-inch 480-by-320-pixel at 163 ppi Multi-Touch display3.1-inch 480-by-320-pixel Multi-Touch display
x8/7/6 hours5/7/5 hours5/10/9 hours5 Hours
xAudio: 24 hoursAudio: 24 hoursAudio: 30 hoursx
ConnectivityGSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)UMTS/HSDPA (1900, 2100 MHz)
xWi-Fi (802.11b/g)GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
xBluetooth 2.0 + EDRWi-Fi (802.11b/g)Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
xxBluetooth 2.0 + EDRBluetooth 2.1 + EDRBluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Size115 x 61 x 11.6 mm, 135 Grams115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm, 133 Grams115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm, 135 Grams100.5 x 59.5 x 16.95, 135 Grams
Camera2 Megapixels2 Megapixels3 Megapixelsx
Battery stats assume usage of 3G network, times vary with 2G network use for cellular and wifi for internetxx

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