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February 7, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Inside Verizon iPhone 4: HSPA+ chip, softer vibrator

If you haven’t heard enough about the Verizon iPhone yet, there’s a new analysis of its components from iFixit.

The company’s teardown reveals that the phone contains a Qualcomm chip that supports HSPA+ data rates up to 14.4 megabits per second, even though Verizon uses a different technology.

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The same chipset is used in the Droid Pro world phone that supports both GSM and CDMA technologies, iFixit notes. It makes you wonder if Apple’s working toward a universal model that would run on multiple carriers.

Verizon’s iPhone also has a different vibrator than the iPhone 4 carried by AT&T. Verizon’s has a linear vibrator for call and message alerts, unlike the rotational electric motor with a counterweight.

The result, according to iFixit tests, is that “the new vibrator has a quieter, softer feel and makes a better sound when on a table.”

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