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Amazon Fire TV teardown reveals a beastly set-top box

Published Apr 4th, 2014 2:28PM EDT
Amazon Fire TV Teardown

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Amazon’s announcement of the Fire TV on Wednesday didn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone keeping track of the countless leaks, but the specifications of the device did manage to cause a stir. iFixit has given the Fire TV its standard teardown treatment in order to take a look at the parts that power a set-top box three times as powerful as the Apple TV, and to see how easy it would be to repair.

The Fire TV features a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. On the back of the device are five ports: a DC jack, HDMI output, Optical Audio, Ethernet and USB 2.0.

As for repairability, iFixit awards Amazon’s set-top box a 6 out of 10, praising the clean construction and separate power supply, but noting that the heat sink is nearly impossible to remove and all the vital pieces are included on a single board. In other words, don’t let Gary Busey inside your Fire TV.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.

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