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Apple iPhone 3G (China/No Wi-Fi) 8 GB Specs

Identifiers: iPhone 3G (China) - MC176CH/A - iPhone1,2* - A1324 - N/A

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Apple iPhone 3GEspecially created for the mainland China market and lauched in partnership with China Unicom, the iPhone 3G (China/No Wi-Fi), model number A1324, is identical to the 8 GB configuration of the global iPhone 3G, except that it lacks Wi-Fi capability.

Like the global iPhone 3G, the iPhone 3G (China/No Wi-Fi) combines mobile phone, iPod, and Internet capability as well as GPS functionality.

It features a 3.5" display with 320x480 resolution at 163 ppi and has a black plastic back, 8 GB of storage, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and an intergrated 2.0 megapixel camera that supports "geotagging".

Apple reports that the China-only iPhone 3G provides "up to" 24 hours of audio playback, 10 hours of talk time on 2G, 5 hours of talk time on 3G, 5 hours of Internet use on 3G, 7 hours of video playback and 300 hours of standby time.

The China-only iPhone 3G also uses the same "multi-touch" interface, as well as accelerometer, ambient light, and proximity sensors as the global iPhone 3G model.

Also see:

  • What are all the differences between the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G?
  • What are all the differences between the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS?

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October 30, 2009* August 9, 2010
Details: *The iPhone 3G (China/No Wi-Fi) model was introduced on October 30, 2009 in partnership with China Unicom.

Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2009.
1 135
Details: Geekbench 2 provides 32-bit benchmarks for iOS models. This number is an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all Geekbench 2 user submissions for devices with the iPhone1,2* Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

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N/A N/A
Details: The Geekbench 3 benchmark does not support this iPhone. Geekbench benchmarks numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPhone1,2* Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iComparison.
412 MHz Samsung ARM 11*
Details: *Apple provides no information regarding the iPhone 3G processor, simply that it is a "closed system", but it uses an Apple branded processor, identified as a Samsung ARM 11 (SoC) that is downclocked to 412 MHz. For graphics, it uses a PowerVR MBX-Lite graphics processor.
128 MB* 8 GB
Details: *Apple provides no information regarding the RAM used in the iPhone 3G, but it is believed to have 128 MB onboard like its predecessor.
N/A* N/A*
Details: *Apple does not provide an official estimate for the number of songs, photos, and videos that the iPhone can occupy. However, after the operating system and formatting are accounted for, the original 8 GB model has roughly 7.25 GB available and the original 16 GB model has roughly 15.3 GB available.
Sync & Charge None
Details: The iPhone does not offer a "disk mode" for file transfer, although third-party solutions are available. It does not support Firewire.

Also see: Can you "beam" music, photos, and videos between iPhones? Can you "beam" data files between iPhones? Does the iPhone support "disk mode" when connected to a computer?
USB Dock, Headphone
Details: N/A
Handheld iPhone 3G
Details: N/A
Black Multi-touch
Details: The China-only iPhone 3G is only available in black and with 8 GB of storage.

The patented "multi-touch" interface allows one to control the functions of the system by dragging one or more fingers across the display.

Also see: How does the iPhone "multi-touch" interface work? Who developed the "multi-touch" interface originally?
3.5" Color 320x480 (163 ppi)
Details: The iPhone has a 3.5" 320 by 480 display (163 ppi).

In the US, site sponsor Mission Repair offers free diagnosis of hardware problems and 24-hour repairs for cracked displays as well as dead batteries, broken buttons, and more for this iPhone.

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3G* 2.1+EDR
Details: *The iPhone 3G (China/No Wi-Fi) supports 3G (UMTS/HSDPA - 3.6 Mbps) and GSM/EDGE networks. It does not support Wi-Fi.

Also see: What is 3G? How much faster is 3G than EDGE in real-world tests?
2G/3G* 2.0 Megapixels**
Details: *The iPhone 3G supports both 3G (UMTS/HSDPA -- 850, 1900, 2100 MHz - 3.6 Mbps) and GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) networks.

**The iPhone 3G camera supports geotagging -- the location of a photograph is automatically noted using the integrated GPS module.
Lithium Ion 24 Hours
Details: N/A
5-10 Hours* 300 Hours
Details: *Apple reports that the China-only iPhone 3G provides "up to" 24 hours of audio playback, 10 hours of talk time on 2G, 5 hours of talk time on 3G, 5 hours of Internet use on 3G, 7 hours of video playback and 300 hours of standby time.

Also see: How does the battery life of the iPhone 3G compare to the original iPhone in real-world tests? Can you replace the battery in the iPhone 3G?
MC176CH/A iPhone 3G (China)
Details: N/A
A1324 (EMC N/A) iPhone1,2*
Details: Please note that these identifiers often refer to more than one model.

*The China-only variant of the iPhone 3G is believed to still identify itself as iPhone1,2. If you can confirm or deny this, please share. Thank you.

Also see: All iPhones with the A1324 Model Number, the N/A EMC Number, and the iPhone1,2* Model Identifier.
iPhone OS 3.0* iOS 4.2**
Details: *When this model was released, Apple referred to the operating system as "iPhone OS." On June 7, 2010, the company changed the name to simply "iOS".

**This model is capable of running iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 but some features, such as multitasking, are not supported. It is not capable of running iOS 4.3 or later versions of the operating system.
4.5 x 2.4 x 0.48 4.7 oz. (133 g)
Details: In inches - height by width by depth (115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm).
Mac OS X 10.4.11 Windows XP SP2/Vista
Details: Apple reports that the China-only variant of the iPhone 3G is compatible with a "Mac computer with a USB 2.0 port, MacOS X v10.4.11 or later, and iTunes 8.2 or later."

It is compatible with a "PC with a USB 2.0 port, Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, and iTunes 8.2 or later."
Apple reports that the iPhone 3G supports "AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV."
Apple does not formally specify photo formats for the iPhone 3G. The Safari web browser, however, supports JPG, GIF, and TIFF images, and the iPod function of the iPhone 3G supports images synchronized from iTunes.
Apple reports that the iPhone 3G supports "H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 768 Kbps, 320 by 240 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats."
Ships with a "stereo headset with mic, dock connector to USB cable, [a new, tiny] USB power adapter, documentation, cleaning/polishing cloth, and a SIM ejector tool".
N/A* N/A
Details: *The iPhone 3G (China/No Wi-Fi) sold unlocked and contract-free for 4999 RMB/Yuan (US$732). It also was available with a variety of China Unicom contract plans at lower price points.

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Global original prices for the iPhone 3G (China/No Wi-Fi) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.

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