Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet Cracked Open

As expected, the Amazon Kindle Tablet has been cracked open by teardown specialists iFixit and unsurprisingly, it does share a lot of features with the RIM Blackberry PlayBook device.

There's a huge battery, a 4400mAh, 16.28Whr model, that should provide up to 7.5 hours worth of video playback, a TI OMAP 4430 clocked at 1GHz (that's a dual core ARM Cortex A9 based SoC), a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive toucshcreen, 8GB onboard storage, Wi-Fi, 512MB DDR2 RAM and a handful of other components.

Texas Instruments however managed to grab the lion's share of components with a number of key pieces coming from the US manufacturer. Interestingly, iFixit says that the OS that powers the Kindle Fire is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than on Honeycomb and the Kindle doesn't come with a volume button.

You have to manually control the volume from within the application, not handy when you want to chill out and listen to some music. iFixit says that only a connector and some glue held the battery in place which made the disassembly of the whole unit easier.

The full teardown complete with full size pictures can be found here.

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