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Amazon Fire TV teardown reveals a Snapdragon 600, large heatsink

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.

Source: iFixit

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda is an avid reader of science-fiction novels. A long-time Arsenal fan, his other interests include gaming, basketball and making music. He also likes tinkering with hardware in his free time.

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