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With several analysts weighing in today on tablet components, there are a few items that might make you sit up a little straighter and take note — especially if you’re eager for an alternative to your AT&T contract.
First, Ashok Kumar broke down his expectations for components in the hypothetical tablet, and Richard Doherty chimed in: a PA Semi-designed, Samsung-manufactured ARM processor may be the product’s heart — possibly sporting more than one core, which would give the imaginary product plenty of imaginary power. Kumar went on to ID a Broadcom Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module and a Qualcomm WWAN package as fellow travelers on the tablet motherboard.
The presence of this Qualcomm chip in the parts list is what set off Scott Moritz at The Street, who extrapolates a Verizon deal for wireless data on the product; Qualcomm and CDMA are essentially synonymous, but the current iPhone uses an Infineon GSM module. While the same chipset could work with Sprint as a carrier (and that’s the company already behind Amazon’s original Whispernet service, save for the latest Kindle model with Global Wireless), Verizon would certainly be the people’s choice.
Second, Brainstorm Tech/Apple 2.0 cites a client note from Peter Misek at Cannacord Adams, who believes that the “One More Thing” at the 1/27 announcement may well be a Verizon iPhone to arrive late in Q2 2010, with an LTE/4G model due in 2011. The hypothetical ViPhone would sport a CDMA radio for domestic use but would still be usable on GSM networks outside the US (not unlike the Blackberry 8830 World Phone model) — in contrast to the report from The Street a few days back, which seemed to hint at a CDMA-only Verizon phone. How dreamy.
TUAWAnalyst tidbits suggest a Verizon tablet or iPhone originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Wed, 20 Jan 2010 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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