Amazon Kindle Fire dissected

The Amazon Kindle Fire is a 7 inch tablet with a 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1 Ghz dual core CPU, and 8GB of storage. But you can find all that out by looking at the product listing on Amazon. The folks at iFixit had some slightly tougher-to-answer questions, like: what happens if you rip the things to shreds?

They set out to answer those questions this afternoon, and they were kind enough to document the process with high quality photos.

Unsurprisingly, the first thing you’ll notice when you pry off the back panel is a very large battery. The Kindle Fire has a 4400mAh, 16.28Whr battery which Amazon says should provide up to 7.5 hours of video playback time.

While the battery is the dominant feature, there’s also a small system board which houses the 8GB of flash storage, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, WiFi, and audio chips as well as other components. Everything appears to be soldered to the board, so it doesn’t look like it would be easy to upgrade the storage space on the Kindle Fire, which is a shame since the tablet doesn’t have a microSD card slot.

You can find more photos and details about the Kindle Fire’s internals at iFixit.

via Engadget

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4 replies on “Amazon Kindle Fire dissected: It’s mostly battery”

  1. The lack of a way to upgrade the storage is not an oversight.  The idea is that by removing all other options, you will tie yourself to Amazon’s Cloud and thus to a Prime subscription and other subscription services.  That is why they are offering the product at close to loss leader pricing.

    Of course since customers are generally too clueless to suss that trap out it is driving all other tablets to the same price point and something is going to have to give.  I’m guessing that the first step toward survival will be for everyone else to begin looking for ways to lock their customers into recurring revenue streams.

  2. 7.5 hours of video playback, that I can live with. Other smartphones should take a cue from Kindle and look for ways how they can prolong battery life.

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