4 Cores and an OLED Screen!
So I get up this morning, brew my coffee, down some rice, take a shower, scream at the post office on the phone (never ship anything to Japan) and settle down at the computer. Luigi's story on the PSP 2 aka Sony NGP populated my primary monitor. I started to read, but paused as soon as I hit the spec list.
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Specifically the processor: "(ARM Cortex-A9 core (4 core)"
Wait, what? For real? There's a quad-core processor inside this oval-shaped handheld device with a 5" display? It'll have WiFi and 3G too, along with the ability to handle Android applications. This thing might come in at the small end of the tablet category, but so did the Dell Streak. And if it really has a 4-core processor, the PSP 2 is the most powerful "tablet" set for a release this year.
That doesn't mean it'll beat this upcoming crop of Tegra 2 slates in anything but raw horsepower. It may have the ability to run games like a PS3, but we can also expect it to have the battery life of one. OLED displays and a rear touchpad will definitely draw early-adopters and gadget-hackers to the PSP 2.
But Sony needs more than that limited market. Their new flash storage method sounds nifty, but it also continues the BAD trend of keeping the PSP's storage incompatible with other devices. Moving PlayStation closer to the Android OS is a smart move for mobility's sake. I think Sony would have been better served by going with a mainstream storage solution.