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Verizon iPhone 4 Is Really An iPhone 4.5

The new Verizon iPhone 4 landed yesterday and there seems to be at least one huge difference with the AT&T-based iPhone 4, one that's enough to warrant the moniker of iPhone 4.5.

Slashgear got hold of the CDMA iPhone 4 and the reviewer put their hand on the standard "death grip" location and they found out that the device did not suffer the same fate as the original iPhone 4.

They held the device for one minute with only one bar disappearing; they try to cover the "new" top portion of the antenna (see their image gallery here (opens in new tab)) but the Verizon iPhone 4 still manage to deliver better connectivity than the AT&T one.

What does that mean? Given that the death grip affects other phones on many US networks (including CDMA & GSM), it looks as if the Verizon iPhone 4 is effectively a slightly reworked version of the existing iPhone 4; It would be interesting if iFixit did a teardown of the Verizon model and compared it to the new one.

The other difference obviously is the presence of a CDMA chipset in the new Verizon iPhone 4. Who made it? Only a proper teardown would be able to help us on that.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.