Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD is the latest gadget to feed the tech dismantling hunger of the iFixit team, which found the tablet easy to repair in case of component replacement.
The crew of teardown experts easily opened up the Kindle Fire HD with only a plastic tool in hand, and they quickly detached the back case to mark the first glance of its internal hardware components.
Internals unsurprisingly come from electronics fixtures, with iFixit saying all parts are simple to replace: a 1.2GHz Texas Instruments (TI) OMAP 4460 processor, an LG LCD display, 1GB of RAM from Elpida, and Samsung flash memory, to name a few.
The iFixit specialists noted the fusion of the Kindle Fire HD display screen and front glass panel, which means the assembly is a single unit and replacement of only one part is impossible.
Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer and maker of Kindle devices, explains that an air gap between screen and glass will reduce touch sensitivity and reflection of light; however, replacement for the assembly if damaged could be slightly expensive.
While Amazon already revealed some of the specs, including the Kindle Fire HD’s battery, it did not reveal the actual rating.
The teardown by iFixit found a larger 4400mAh Li-ion battery compared with Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, which has a 4326mAh battery, but it did not completely answer why the search giant’s Android device will purportedly run two and a half hours less than Amazon’s tablet.
Despite its ease of opening, Amazon also has a winning statistic in the Kindle Fire HD’s chassis, which is 0.1mm thinner than the Nexus 7.
Amazon launched the Fire HD earlier this month, but it is now available for preorder on Amazon’s website.
The online retailer said orders will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so it would be best to grab your preorder/s now.
On 25 October, at least for the UK, Kindle Fire HD tablets are highly likely to hit the shelves.
The iFixit crew gave the Kindle Fire HD a reparability rating of 7 out of 10, with 10 the easiest to repair, and summarized the main points for coming up with the number.
- The rear case is very easy to open, granting trouble-free access to the internals.
- The battery is held in with absolutely no adhesive.
- Simplistic design and limited functionality means fewer components and less headache for disassembly.
- Mostly all screws found inside are Phillips #00 screws—except for one T5 Torx screw.
- Copper tape over the processor is somewhat difficult to remove and to readhere correctly.
- The LCD is fused to the front glass and plastic frame, meaning you’ll have to replace both components together.