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PSP2 Debug Specs Mirror iPhone 5

Just one day prior to Sony's supposed big reveal of the PSP2 gaming system in Tokyo, the debug hardware specs have been released by an unnamed source. If the list is legit, then the device will sport a similar CPU/GPU combination as the rumored specs for the iPad 2 and iPhone 5.

According to the debug specs, the device has a 5-inch OLED multi-touch screen (12.7 cm) with a 960 x 544 resolution. Under the hood it uses a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, the PowerVR SGX 543 MP4+ GPU, 512 MB of LPDDR2 RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. There's also a slot for up to 32 GB of expanded storage, multi-touch display, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, an accelerometer, GPS, gyroscope, and a front and back camera. The overall dimensions are 17 x 7.4 x 2.3-cm.

By comparison, the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 will supposedly use Apple's multi-core A5 chip based on the ARM Coretex-A9 processor. Both devices will also be sporting a dual-core MP2 version of the PowerVR SGX54 GPU. Additional rumors have reported that the iPhone 5 will use a Qualcomm chipset supporting CDMA, GSM and UMTS basebands, allowing the device to work on multiple wireless networks without the need to manufacture separate units.

Previously Japan's largest mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo reportedly confirmed 3G support for the upcoming PSP2 device. According to the company (via Nikkei), the 3G mobile connection won't provide telephony service, but instead will function similar to Amazon's Kindle service by offering means to download content such as apps, media and networking games over the air in areas covered by a 3G wireless carrier.

Although the 3G support is seemingly confirmed, CVG points out that the debug unit hardware list may not be the final specs appearing in the finished product. Currently it's unknown when of if the actual PSP2 handheld will make its appearance in Tokyo on Thursday.

  • hillarymakesmecry
    512mb of ram?

  • gamerk316
    ^^ Thats as much as the PS3, and frankly, handhelds don't need that much RAM unless they have a hog of an OS.
  • molo9000
    hillarymakesmecry512mb of ram?LameYou won't find any more RAM in the Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. It's more than enough for gaming on a 5" screen.
  • igot1forya
    hillarymakesmecry512mb of ram?LameI just had one of those "your mom has 512mb of RAM" moments... ;)
  • darkchazz
    now that's a beast.
    Nintendo's 3ds can kiss my ass :P
  • tipoo
    If those are true its far more powerful than the iPhone 5 specs. Quad A9 cores vs dual, and quad SGX 543's again vs dual.
  • tburns1
    But will it give Japanese people headaches?
  • Travis Beane
    I can't help but think this will be scary expensive. :(
    Sounds nice enough (though I actually wish it had 1024x581, just because most websites are optimized for 1024 pixels wide).
    Who made the OLED? Is it high quality or not?
    Why not 32GB internal? Such dramatic hardware changes, but the same internal memory as the PSPgo?
    I know this device is only meant for engineering purposes, but I'm hoping.

    Will Sony finally release better games at more affordable prices? As it is with the current PSP, most games are short and dull, while being rather expensive. There's only a few games I don't regret buying.
    Can we expect PS2 emulation support? I'd buy it just to play PS2 games (PCSX2 emulator is still extremely limited).

    So, Sony, did you finally fix your problems, or will I skip his one entirely?
  • xantek24
    ....but will it play....ah who cares..
  • Nexus52085
    ehh, I'll be getting a 3DS. It looks like Sony hasn't learned their lesson when it comes to "overpowering the competition." Sony is dead last in both the console and handheld market. You'd think they'd realize that last place means you're losing, and what you're doing is not working.

    With specs like these, they'd have to subsidize the cost with the 3G carriers. Locking people into another 2-year agreement on top of their phones? No one's gonna buy this POS.