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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 (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.