iFixit tears down the 2013 Kindle Fire HD

Amazon's new budget tablet gets high marks for repairability.

The Kindle Fire HD laid bare. iFixit

As a "new" product, Kindle Fire HD utilizes a lot of old parts.

That's according to iFixit, which tore down Amazon's latest budget tablet. The bright spot: the Kindle Fire HD gets high marks for repairability, scoring an 8 out of 10.

The components themselves, however, don't really stand out, which isn't a surprise considering this is the lower-end branch of Amazon's Kindle family tree.

This year's Kindle Fire HD utilizes much of the guts of last year's model, with a similar motherboard and layout. Unlike last year's model, the front glass and LCD display aren't fused, making it more easy to repair.

The teardown found 1 gigabyte of SDRAM from Micron, flash memory from Toshiba, a touch-screen controller by Synaptics, and components from Texas Instruments, Broadcom, and Maxim Integrated, dealing with different radios and stereo audio codecs.

LG again provided the display.


About the author

Roger Cheng is the executive editor in charge of breaking news for CNET News. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade. He's a devoted Trojan alum and Los Angeles Lakers fan.


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