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Hardware specs for Nintendo 3DS handheld leaked

By now, you’ve probably heard about the Nintendo 3DS. You may have seen some of the hands-on pictures and videos that were posted during E3. That’s all fine and dandy, but what can we expect under the hood of Nintendo’s latest handheld? Well, that part has apparently been revealed too.

You can expect a pair of ARM11 processors clocking in at 266MHz, a PICA200 133MHz graphics processor by DMP, 64MB of RAM, 4MB of VRAM, and 1.5GB of Flash-based memory. This may sound awfully anemic compared to modern smartphones, but this represents quite a step forward compared to the devices that preceded it. Remember the original DS Phat? That thing only had a 67MHz and 33MHz processor with 4MB of RAM. Even the newer DSi only doubled that clock speed (133MHz) and tossed in a total of 16MB of RAM. The new specs haven’t been confirmed by Nintendo, but they sound well within the realm of reason.

At this point, from a consumer’s perspective, all I care is that the hardware can handle processing the 3D imagery at a decent frame rate. It’ll be pretty crazy when the 3DS finally hits the market, whenever that is. Think they’ll make it in time for the holidays?

[IGN via Kotaku]

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  • http://nintendods2.onsugar.com/ Lydia

    Hi Michael,
    acquiring for this new 3D handheld is not a waste of money. For me it is a great
    thing having this kind if gadget since it has 3D features. I can only say that
    Nintendo 3DS was very a great console that I have as compared to my previous DS.

  • http://buynintendodsgames.weebly.com/ Weng

    Hi there,

    Things I like on the new Nintendo 3DS was the great features it has. I really enjoy the 3D effects every time I was playing, even while watching movies. No hassle at all, because we do not have to wear any glasses just to experience the 3D effects. Hope that you can enjoy also enjoy this new gadget too.

  • http://ds.gamexaminer.com/game-consoles/nintendo-3ds/order-your-nintendo-3ds.htm Maria teresa Nano

    Hi Michael,

    As you have said having this “pair of ARM11 processors clocking in at 266MHz, a PICA200 133MHz graphics processor by DMP, 64MB of RAM, 4MB of VRAM, and 1.5GB of Flash-based memory”, for the new nintendo 3DS was very satisfying features. I am contented with this, I am looking forward for the other unique specs of this gadget. Thanks for the nice blog.