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Inside the new Kindle Fire, a different beast

The devious folks at iFixit are out with their teardown (tear apart is more like it) of the new Amazon Kindle Fire 7" tablet. While the outside is just like the failed -- and more expensive -- Blackberry Playbook, the insides appear to be completely different.

Better? Worse? I'm not sure the Fire's CPU is even identified versus The CPU is indeed the same Texas Instruments OMAP4430 1GHz dual-core processor that the Blackberry used. Thoughts?

The two chip lists:

Blackberry Playbook

Elpida B8064B2PB-8D-F 1GB DRAM
TI OMAP4430 1GHz dual-core processor
SanDisk SDIN5C2-16G 16 GB NAND Flash
Texas Instruments TWL6030 Power Management
STMicroelectronics XTV0987 5 MP mobile imaging processor
Wolfson WM8994E audio codec
Texas Instruments WL1283 GPS/WLAN/Bluetooth/FM
TriQuint Semiconductor TQP6M9002 802.11a/b/g/n + BT front-end module

Amazon Fire

Samsung KLM8G2FEJA 8 GB Flash Memory
TI OMAP4430 1GHz dual-core processor
Hynix H9TKNNN4K Modile DDR 2 RAM
Texas Instruments 603B107 Fully Integrated Power Management IC with Switch Mode Charger
Texas Instruments LCDS83B FlatLink 10-135 MHZ Transmitter
Jorjin WG7310 WLAN/BT/FM combo module
Texas Instruments AIC3110 Low-Power Audio Codec With 1.3W Stereo Class-D Speaker Amplifier
Texas Instruments WS245 4-Bit Dual-Supply Bus Transceiver

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