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Kindle Fire HD Guts Spilled by iFixit Teardown

by Todd Haselton | September 17, 2012September 17, 2012 8:00 am PDT


What does the inside of the Kindle Fire HD look like? We’re glad you asked. The group over at iFixit recently took out its toolbox and ripped open the Kindle Fire HD to get a better look at what’s inside and, more importantly, how repairable the device is for consumers who may end up damaging the tablet.

As we already know, the Kindle Fire HD (this model, at least) has a 7-inch 1280 x 800-pixel resolution with IPS tech, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, dual-band Wi-Fi, a front-facing HD camera and either 16GB or 32GB of storage. iFixit found that Amazon used a similar motherboard layout as the original Kindle Fire, but that the ambient light sensor socket is missing. The battery is also closed inside metal casing, which the site suspects is to prevent electrical damage.

Even though Amazon says the device runs at 1.2GHz, iFixit found that the tablet has a Texas Instruments chip (the 4460), which is capable of running up to 1.5GHz. We suspect the Android elite will take to overclocking this device at some point.

Ultimately, iFixit gave the Kindle Fire HD a “repairability” score of 7/10. The rear case is “very easy” to open, but there’s copper tape over the processor that can be hard to remove. Worse, if you crack the display, you’ll have an even harder time replacing it because the LCD is “fused to the front glass and plastic frame, meaning you’ll have to replace both components together.

[via iFixit]

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...