iFixit confirms that new Kindle Fire HD is a completely redesigned tablet

September 17, 2012
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The Kindle Fire HD was announced less than two weeks ago, with a U.S. release just three days back. The team over at iFixIt got their hands on a Kindle Fire HD last Friday and promptly put it on their operating table to have a poke at the tablet’s innards. The teardown confirms the specifications released by Amazon, but it also reveals that the Kindle Fire HD is not simply a tweaked version of the original Kindle Fire. Rather, it is a completely different tablet.

This means that Amazon went back to the drawing board and started a fresh when it designed and manufactured the Kindle Fire HD.

The specs of the Kindle Fire HD are quite well known: the 7 inch, 16GB version (which is the only one available at the moment) comes with a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 processor and 1GB of RAM. The OMAP 4460 is a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU with built-in graphics using the PowerVR SGX540 at 384 MHz. It also has dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO) and of course the exclusive Dolby Digital Plus audio and dual-driver stereo speakers.

The teardown also reveals that the 1280 x 800 HD IPS display is built by LG, and that the flash memory is supplied by Samsung.

The battery in the Kindle Fire HD is a 3.7 V, 4400 mAh, 16.43 Wh Li-ion battery that, as expected, takes up most of the space in back half of the case. Amazon reckons that the battery will last 11 hours, but since this battery has the same power as the original Kindle Fire it is more likely to be around 8 to 9 hours.

If you ever need to send your device in for repair (or want to have ago yourself), iFixIt gave the device a  7 out of 10 rating for repairability, noting that it is quite easy to access and replace the battery, but the LCD panel and glass are fused together, making the the cost of repair for a broken front glass higher as you need to by a new LCD panel as well.

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