Amazon’s Fire TV features great hardware for its price.
The folks over at iFixit have managed to get their hands on an Amazon Fire TV, which they dismantled. For a device that retails for $99, the Fire TV features serious hardware. The hardware powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, the same SoC that was used in last year’s HTC One and Galaxy S4. The Snapdragon 600 features a quad-core 1.7 GHZ Krait CPU and an Adreno 320. When Amazon claims that the Fire TV features a dedicated video card, it is partially correct. The Adreno 320 is a dedicated GPU, but it isn’t at the same level as a desktop video card.
The Fire TV features 2 GB LPDDR2 RAM (clocked at 533 MHz) which when combined with the Adreno 330 make it a great solution for gaming. In fact, the hardware prowess of the Fire TV makes the streaming box a much better alternative to the Ouya or the GameStick. The streaming box also comes with 8 GB NAND flash memory and a large heatsink that manages to divert the heat generated by the box effectively.
As far as connectivity is concerned, the Fire TV features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI 1.4b out, 10/100 Ethernet and a single USB 2.0 port at the back.
The remote that is included with the Fire TV was found to be standard fare, as is the add-on gaming controller. Overall, the Fire TV scored 6 out of 10 on iFixit’s scale, which is decent considering all the major hardware is included on a single board.