Amazon’s New Kindle Fire HD Gets Torn Down…Let’s See the Surprises

October 3, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Just last week, Amazon announced the new Kindle Fire HDX  and a new cheaper Kindle Fire HD. This new cheaper Kindle Fire HD costs $140. So what exactly is inside there? Well the folks at iFixit is on the case again and have torn down the device to it’s screws and have actually found a few surprises in there. The 2013 edition of the Kindle Fire HD  does have a lot of familiar internals to the old version, but there are a few strategic changes.

We are pretty much looking at a similar motherboard and internals to last year’s Kindle Fire HD. But it does have an upgraded dual-core processor and curiously removed camera. The display is made by LG and compared to last years version its much better. Last year’s Kindle Fire’s display was infused to the glass on top of it. Which improves the repairability score from iFixit.


The overall verdict from iFixit for repairability is 8 out of 10. Which basically means, if you’re willing to do it yourself, you can probably fix the device pretty easily. Of course, it’s better to send it in to Amazon to get it fixed. If you don’t want to take the plunge yourself. Some of the tools that iFixit used were the Plastic Opening Tools, iFixit Opening Picks set of 6, T5 Torx Screwdriver, and the Spudger. Which of course they all have it available for you to buy. You can view the entire report right here from iFixit.


The new Amazon Kindle Fire’s are actually some pretty good tablets. For the first time, they actually have my attention, especially the HDX with the Snapdrogon 800. But for the most part the new Kindle Fire HD is a just a 2012 edition of the Kindle Fire HD, with a few cosmetic changes.

How many of you are planning on picking up the Kindle Fire HD 2013, or one of the Kindle Fire HDX’s? Let us know in the comments below.