Amazon has done well with their lineup of Android-based tablets and their latest update to their 10″ model is quite impressive. The new Fire HD 10 is available for pre-order from the retailer and this update is really impressive for its $149 price point.
The new Fire HD 10 has a 10.1″ display that renders 1920 x 1200 resolution making it a full HD display. It is powered by a Mediatek quad-core processor that runs at 1.8GHz and is coupled with 2GB of RAM. That RAM count is double of the first Fire HD 10 and should significantly improve performance, especially with multiple apps running. Storage comes in at either 32GB or 64GB depending on the model but there is a MicroSD expansion slot. That will add up to an additional 256GB of storage to the tablet.
Other nice features of the new Fire HD 10 include:
- Dolby Atmos Audio with dual stereo speakers
- Dual-band Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.1LE
- 10 hour of battery life
Also new to this updated table is always-on Alexa, Amazon’s smart assistant. That means that Alexa is always listening and you can give commands to the service by just talking to your tablet. Keep in mind that there are a lot of services (skills in Amazon speak) that Alexa can leverage to get you information or controlling smart appliances at home.
Like other Fire tablets, the Fire HD 10 runs Amazon’s Fire OS. This is a forked version of Android and it is tied completely into Amazon’s ecosystem. That means that to get apps, you will get them from the Amazon app store, not the Google Play Store. If you are deep in the Amazon ecosystem then this is no big deal as your storage, music, TV & movies are all there through Amazon Prime services anyway.
Pricing of the new Fire HD 10 breaks down like this:
- 32GB with special offers (ads on the lock screen): $149
- 32GB without special offers: $164
- 64GB with special offers: $189
- 64GB without special offers: $204
To get more details and to pre-order, head over to Amazon.