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.


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