Rumor: Nintendo 3DS to Pack Two ARM CPUs

We still don't know when the Nintendo 3DS is going to be available to buy in stores, so it's hardly surprising that Nintendo hasn't dished the full scoop on what makes its latest handheld console tick. However, though we may have to wait for an official announcement from Nintendo or an iFixit tear down to get all the dirty details, the latest rumors do provide us with some possibilities to mull over.

IGN cites people familiar with the matter that say the device will pack not one but two 266MHz ARM11 CPUs. Aside from a one-two punch in processing power, the sources say that the 3D handheld will boast a 133MHz GPU, 4MBs of dedicated VRAM, 64MBs of RAM, and 1.5GB of flash storage.

Nintendo has yet to comment on the specs revealed by IGN's sources, which were speaking on condition of anonymity. Though the company has a 3DS event planned for next week, we're not holding our collective breath for specs as Nintendo is said to only be announcing the release date on September 29. Still, don't let us stop you from being all glass-half-full about it! We'll keep you posted.

Source: IGN

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  • godnodog
    Is it me or this is a week machine even for today´s available technology?
  • tipoo
    Those specs are very disappointing, I was thinking it would be a Tegra 2 with its dual Cortex A9 goodness. Not saying its a better gaming platform, but the iPod Touch already blows these specs out of the water. Heck, even the last generation one did, as did the Zune HD as well as just about every smartphone released in the last 2 years.

    I know bottom of the barrel specs haven't hurt Nintendo sales with the Wii or DS, but this is still disappointing.


    Yo Sony, go with the Tegra 2 and 512mb RAM for the next PSP!
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  • godnodog
    Is it me or this is a week machine even for today´s available technology?
  • Anonymous
    Wow! If those specs are real, then the rumors will end up being truthful lolz!
  • tipoo
    Those specs are very disappointing, I was thinking it would be a Tegra 2 with its dual Cortex A9 goodness. Not saying its a better gaming platform, but the iPod Touch already blows these specs out of the water. Heck, even the last generation one did, as did the Zune HD as well as just about every smartphone released in the last 2 years.

    I know bottom of the barrel specs haven't hurt Nintendo sales with the Wii or DS, but this is still disappointing.


    Yo Sony, go with the Tegra 2 and 512mb RAM for the next PSP!