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iPhone 3GS teardown suggests 720p video capabilities

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Friday, June 19, 2009
News Categories: iPhone

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Rapid Repair has posted a teardown of the new iPhone 3GS, revealing chips that the service suggests support 720p video. According to the report, the iPhone 3GS contains a Samsung S5PC100 CPU with PowerVR SGX graphics, capable of running at speeds up to 833 MHz—although it’s currently set to run at 600, underclocked in the same fashion that iPhone and iPhone 3G chips were—and powering 720p video playback. Rapid Repair suggests the 3GS may become a “gateway HD media product in the near future.” As expected, the teardown reveals that the iPhone 3GS carries 256MB of RAM; the report also states that the 3GS battery—a Li-ion Polymer, 3.7V model—looks “very similar” to the original iPhone 3G battery.

Update: iFixit has also posted a teardown of the new handset, and claims that the battery found in the iPhone 3GS represents a 6% increase in capacity over the iPhone 3G battery.

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1

720p video playback via a new HDMI cable would be most welcome!

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on June 19, 2009 at 6:36 AM (PDT)

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Although the 720p capabilities may only work if the processor is not underclocked (i.e. might need the full 833 MHz).  But I agree, 720p out via HDMI (or better yet the existing component cables) would be awesome.

Posted by Dyvim on June 19, 2009 at 8:22 AM (PDT)

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This is a pretty nice little find. I could definitely support HD output via a proprietary—but REASONABLY PRICED—HDMI cable.

Posted by Flippy Hambone on June 19, 2009 at 11:08 AM (PDT)

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well apple would do really well with HD format. but problem is you may have to get an Apple HD TV and an Apple HD DVD player with a usb port to work with the device for it to work.

Posted by Tony on July 28, 2009 at 9:01 PM (PDT)

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