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Cracking Open the Amazon Kindle 2011

Amazon Kindle (2011) Teardown

In late September 2011, Amazon launched it's long-awaited tablet--the Kindle Fire. At the same time, the company also introduced a three new Kindle e-ink readers--the Kindle, Kindle Touch, and Kindle Touch 3G.

Last year, I cracked open Kindle Graphite and Kindle Graphite DX. This time around we'll be dissecting all three devices. And, we're starting with the 2011 Kindle.

For a more in-depth review of the 2011 Kindle's internal hardware, check out my article, "Amazon Kindle (2011) Teardown: Faster Processor, fewer chips."

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...


Nice removal tool - made from Think Metal - must come from IBM then... really nice lol typo - but great article just the same! TD


its so cool that you guys break it open, I get a kick of of that, I also back it up if possible with a visual on youtube its good to see that as well. when you see inside its not that big of a deal, a battery, a circuit board, a speaker which the one I saw on youtube was a basic speaker with an old school connection. Its so funny it probably cost them pennies to make but mark it up a great deal. just too funny. I can understand making a profit on something but when you charge 100's and 100's of dollars for something that coast you pennies to make it just crazy to me anyway I am glad amazon came down to reality on there price I think it was a very smart move and just in time for the holidays good move amazon.


the processor alone is $25 in quantity. probably the same for the display and another $10 for the display controller.