Many parts taken from old Fire and Fire HD, with a few spec bumps
When amazon unveiled its new Kindle HDX tablets last week, they stole most of the spotlight from a cheaper refreshed Kindle Fire HD. Well the folks at iFixIt have their hands on the new $140 Kindle Fire offering, and just as you would expect immediately took it apart. The 2013 edition of the Fire HD seems to have a lot of familiar internals to the old version, with a few strategic changes.
For the most part we're looking at a similar motherboard and internals to last year's Fire HD, but with an upgraded dual-core processor and curiously removed camera. The display is made by LG and unlike last year isn't fused to the glass on top of it, improving the repairability score from iFixIt.
The Kindle Fire HD 2013 gets an 8 out of 10 for repairability, which means if you're really willing to crack one of these things open you may have a good chance of fixing a few things yourself. You can read the full teardown at the source link below.
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