E3 2010: 3DS super-wide display confirmed?

Very few specifics are known about Nintendo’s 3DS, the new handheld it will unveil next week.

We know it will boast a glasses-free 3D display, and be backwards compatible with the old DS software – but Nintendo is keeping back many details until its E3 press conference next week.

However new reports online today claim to shed light on the device, seemingly confirming prior reports that the top panel on the dual-screened handheld is a super-wide 3D display to better show off its new features.

These claims, which originally seem to stem from a sketch made by a Chinese developer (pictured), who claims to have a 3DS development kit and says the device has playback functions for MP3/AAC and other media, plus built-in 3D camera.

It’s otherwise very similar to the other DS models, with a microphone, clamshell design and touch-screen (which is smaller than the 3D display)

A Kotaku translation of the claim says "the effect of the [3D] screen is amazing".

The components in the handheld are expected to be those manufactured by Sharp – and these latest details do at least match up to a circuitboard for a new DS model published by US authority the FCC which showed a design which had two different sized screens.

The 3DS was first announced back in March.

Nintendo will offer the first concrete details next week at its E3 press event on Tuesday.

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