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.