Kindle 2 teardown reveals some surprising surprises

The Kindle 2 is one of those gadgets that people either love or hate. One the one hand it’s a glimpse into the more versatile, eco-friendly and portable future for the written (and spoken) word. On the other hand it is also the devil’s dandruff, a little white monster that is attempting to ruin the noble and glorious history of the written word. But no matter what people think of it, most everyone is fascinated by the Kinde 2 and the technology that lurks underneath those understated looks. Thankfully the jewelers screwdriver-wielding maniacs at iFixit did their thing because we’re quite fascinated by some of the findings:

  • The Kindle 2 is powered by a 532MHz ARM-11 Freescale MCIMX31L processor
  • The 3.7 V 1530 mAh Li-Pol battery makes up roughly 10% of the weight of the Kindle 2 coming in at 31g
  • Upon disconnecting the battery from the unit, the E-Ink display continued to display the last image before the power disconnect
  • An outline of a SIM card is present indicating the potential for international versions of the Kindle 2
  • A Samsung 2GB moviNAND and two 32MB DDR RAM chips perform all memory duties
  • Only 26 screws and four connectors need be removed to completely disassemble the Kindle 2

There are of course a few more pics after the jump, but before we have to say it; the Kindle 2 has a processor that is faster than the iPhone 3G and on par with the Curve 8900. So sad and so true, but we’re so over it.

[Via Gizmodo]

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