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T-Mobile Leak Confirms iPhone 3G S Hardware Specifications

T-Mobile Netherlands has published the hardware details of the new iPhone 3G S which was launched on Monday and confirms previous rumours.

The new smartphone is build around a TI OMAP or a Samsung Chipset which would include an ARM processor, which is technology hardware site Anandtech, is likely to be a Cortex A8 which has twice the L1 cache size and an additional 256KB L2 cache.

T-Mobile has confirmed that the iPhone 3G S runs at 600MHz compared to the previous 412MHz. This is faster than the iPod Touch second generation which clocked at 532MHz. Still, it is significantly slower than the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset found in Toshiba's TG01.

There's also 256MB RAM inside, twice the previous iPhone, but that was something we already knew. The T-Mobile pseudo leak did not provide with more details about what kind of graphics sub-system the iPhone 3G S used. While we have to wait until full details are released, it is very likely that Apple's new flagship smartphone is powered by the PowerVR technology from Imagination Technologies.

Anandtech reckons that the new PowerVR SGX processor could easily deliver three times the geometric performance and a 25 percent increase in fill rate even at half the speed it is supposed to run. Now that's an incredible speed increase by any standard.

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Interestingly, while the iPhone 3G S is significantly faster than the previous generation, it will overall consume less power per task and result in a higher battery life. Wouldn't it be wonderful if laptop manufacturers could also deliver this kind of performance jump.

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