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More 3DS Specs from Nintendo

While trolling through Nintendo's press FTP for hi-res images of the just-revealed 3DS handheld Tuesday night, we happened to chance upon the fact sheets distributed on the convention floor. Unfortunately, what the specs don't reveal are the actual hardware innards such as the processor, GPU, and display manufacturer. However those details may emerge within the near future--someone will likely manage to get their hands on a unit just to tear it apart.

In the meantime, here are the device details ripped straight from the spec sheets:

Size (when closed): Approximately 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall.

Weight: Approximately 8 ounces.

Look: Final design is TBA.

Top Screen: 3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses; with 800 x 240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing).

Touch Screen: 3.02-inch LCD with 320 x 240 pixel resolution with a touch screen.

Cameras: One inner camera and two outer cameras with 640 x 480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution.

Pre-Installed Software: TBA

Nintendo 3DS Game Card: 2 GB Max. at launch.

Wireless Communication: Can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play. Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others. Will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2). Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.

Game Controls: Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, "Slide Pad" that allows 360-degree analog input, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and a gyro sensor.

Other Input Controls: 3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect (can be scaled back or turned off completely depending on the preference of the user), Home button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications (even during game play), Power button. The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended.

Input/Output: A port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DS family of systems, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack.

Sound: Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.

Battery: Lithium ion battery detail TBA.

Languages: TBA

Parental controls: Parental controls similar to the Nintendo DSi system will be included.

As for playing 3D movies, Nintendo has remained rather hush-hush. It's assumed that the flicks will be distributed via SD cards similar to the way Sony offered movies for the PSP via UMD disks. On the other hand, that in itself may cause serious issues with piracy. Instead, it may be likely that Nintendo plans to launch a video download service on its Wi-Fi network similar to services offered by iTunes and the PlayStation Network.

Wanting to know more, we fired over an email to Nintendo. "We haven't announced these details," a rep replied.