PS Vita vs Nintendo 3DS vs Nintendo 3DS XL Vs iPhone 4S: Specs Compared

We compare the PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and iPhone 4S to see who wins the spec shootout on processor speed, graphics, battery life and screen size

In the run up to Nintendo 3DS XL launch, we've been checking out everything you need to know about the console.

Here, we've stacked up the Nintendo 3DS XL specs against its two main competitors; the PS Vita and the iPhone 4S - as well as it's predecessor, the Nintendo 3DS XL.

While all four consoles deliver portable gaming and a wide range of online features, they all differ under the hood.

Check out the specs below:




3DS & 3DS XL

3DS & 3DS XL

iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S
CPU (Up to) 2GHz quad core, ARM Cortex –A9 chip. May be downclocked by Sony to reduce battery consumption. 3DS & 3DS XL:1GHz dual core ARM11 CPU chip 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip, (part of the Apple A5 chipset)
Graphics SGX543MP4+ GPU more than 133 million polys/sec * 3DS & 3DS XL:PICA-200 GPU approx 15.3 million polys/sec PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU (part of the Apple A5 chipset) approx 70-80 million polys/sec
Memory 512MB RAM 3DS & 3DS XL:128 MB RAM 512MB RAM
Screen 5 inch multi-touch OLED, 220 DPI screen at 960x544 resolution. 3DS:(Top screen) 3.53 inch LCD autostereoscopic 3D screen, 118 DPI at 800 x 240 WQVGA resolution. (Lower screen) 3.02 inch LCD touch screen at 320 x 240 QVGA resolution.

3DS XL: (Top Screen) 4.88 inch LCD autostereoscopic 3D screen, 800 x 240 WQVGA resolution. (Lower screen) 4.18 LCD touch screen at 320 x 240 QVGA resolution.
3.5 inch LED retina display, multi-touch IPS TFT screen at 640x960 resolution. 326 DPI.
Touch screen type Capacitive 3DS& 3DS XL:Resistive Capacitive
Gaming battery life 5-6 hours 3DS:3-5 hours (Nintendo 3DS games), 5-8 hours  (Nintendo DS games)

3DS XL: 3-6.5 hours (Nintendo 3DS games), 5-8 hours (Nintendo DS games)
2-3 hours (3D games), 4-5 hours (2D games) estimated.
Storage No internal memory, users must buy a memory stick for storage (£18 for 4GB, £27 for 8GB, £45 for 16GB, £79 for 32GB) 3DS:SD Memory Card, 2GB card included, progress is saved on individual game cartridge

3DS XL: SD Memory Card, 4GB card included, progress is saved on individual game cartridge
16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal memory models available
AR functions Six bundled AR cards, also offers 'markerless' AR support 3DS:Six bundled AR cards No bundled AR cards
Connectivity 3G/Wi-fi model and Wi-fi-only model. Both models offer Bluetooth connectivity 3DS & 3DS XL:No 3G, Wi-Fi via home access point and BTFon free Wi-Fi points. No Bluetooth connectivity. 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
Cameras Front camera and rear cameras. Both cameras capture video or still images in QVGA or VGA modes. QVGA mode works at 120fps frame rate at 320x240 dimensions. VGA mode works at 60fps frame rate at 640x480 dimensions. No megapixel information available from Sony. Video captures at 480p. 3DS:One front-facing VGA camera that can capture images and two rear-facing WQVGA cameras capable of capturing 3D video and images at 480p. Resolutions are 640 x 480 for each camera.  All cameras are 3MP

3DS XL:One inner camera and two outer cameras. Resolutions are 640 x 480 for each camera. Lens are single focus and uses the CMOS capture element. The active pixel count is approximately 300,000 pixels.
One front-facing VGA camera and one rear-facing VGA camera at 8MP, 3264x2448 dimensions. Both can capture video at 30fps. Rear-facing camera captures video at 1080p.
Controls Twin analogue thumbsticks, Six-axis motion sensing system, three-axis accelerometer, three-axis lectronic compass, four face buttons, direction pad, dual shoulder buttons, multi-touch screen, rear trackpad, start, select and home buttons. 3DS & 3DS XLOne analogue thumbstick, three-axis accelerometer, three-axis gyroscope, 3D depth slider, four face buttons, direction pad, dual shoulder buttons, lower multi-touch screen (requires stylus), start, select and home buttons Multi-touch screen, accelerometer, three-axis gyroscopic sensor, home, volume and lock buttons
Game delivery Bespoke PS Vita cartridges, PSN store for digial download content 3DS & 3DS XL:Bespoke 3DS catridges, WiiWare and Virtual Console stores, AR card games Digital titles via iTunes app store
Price £279.99 (3G/Wi-Fi model), £229.99 (Wi-Fi only model) 3DS:£149.99 RRP £499.99 (Free with some phone contracts)
Other GPS, internet browser 3DS & 3DS XL:Internet browser, 3D video playback GPS, Safari internet browser

*Figures unavailable for SGX543MP4+, number quoted for SGX543MP4 model.

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