Back in 2015, Amazon added a 10″ tablet to their Fire HD line called the Amazon Fire HD 10. While many were happy to see the other tablets released in that batch, the 10″ model wasn’t in line with what people were expecting. The company was trying to charge $230 for a 10″ tablet that had a measly 1280 x 800 pixel display (149 PPI). There were simply other tablets on the market at that time that offered better hardware at the same price (or even cheaper).
So at that time, the only reasons to pick up the Fire HD 10 were if you didn’t mind that display, or really needed deep integration with the Amazon ecosystem. Suffice to say, that wasn’t a popular device for the company but now they have announced a refresh for just this 10″ model. It seems the company learned from its previous mistakes too as this new Amazon Fire HD 10 comes with a 10″ 1080p display and it only costs $150 this time.
Along with that 10″ 1080p IPS display, the Fire HD 10 is powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core CPU from MediaTek. There’s 2GBs of RAM, 32GBs of internal storage, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio technology, and a microSD card slot. They haven’t detailed the size of the battery just yet, but are advertising 10 hours of battery life. The other new standout feature here is hands-free Alexa integration which is actually the first time it’s been implemented in a Fire tablet from Amazon.
This device comes at a time when there simply isn’t much activity in the Android tablet space. Lenovo did just release 4 new tablets recently with the 10.1″ Tab 4 having a 720p display and costing $20 more than what Amazon has to offer. Lenovo also has a Plus version of that Tab 4 tablet that does come with a 1080p displa,y but that comes with a price increase to $280. So Amazon really has a deal here with the refreshed Fire HD 10.
Source: Amazon (Press Release)
Amazon’s days as an online retailer are from over, but the company has spent recent years focusing more on its manufacturing capabilities. The shift began with the launch of the Kindle Fire tablet, and the successful line remains a core brand in the present day. As Amazon continues to grow the Fire tablet line, it’s now placing importance on integrating its products together.
Today, Amazon introduced a refreshed Fire HD 10 tablet, the largest of Amazon’s offerings. Major hardware updates to the Fire HD 10 include a 10.1-inch widescreen 1080p display, a faster quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 32/64GB storage plus a microSD card slot, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
Most important is the addition of Alexa hands-free assistant technology. This is the first time that Amazon has brought its Alexa voice assistant to a Fire tablet, and it seems likely that we’ll continue to see the technology in Fire tablets as we move forward. With the addition of Alexa, users can utilize easy voice commands to play music, set timers, dim smart lights, and much more.
Amazon is boasting a new starting price of $149.99, making it easier than ever to afford a 10-inch Fire tablet. The company is now accepting pre-orders for the Fire HD 10, with a release date of October 11.
It’s worth noting that Alexa will not come pre-loaded on the Fire HD 10, but will be added via an over-the-air software update. This update will begin rolling out on October 11, as well, so there is the possibility that your Fire HD 10 may not have Alexa ready when you initially receive it.
If you’re interested in trying Amazon’s Alexa assistant on the cheap, the company is now offering a few ways for you to do just that.
First up, Amazon is running a deal today only (September 18th) that’ll get you a new Amazon Tap for $79.99. That’s $50 off the device’s normal price.
The Amazon Tap is Amazon’s portable Alexa-enabled Bluetooth speaker. Because it’s portable, you’ll have to push a button on the Tap to access Alexa. The device does offer a hands-free mode that’ll let you use Alexa without touching the device, but it will drain battery life a bit faster. Amazon says that the Tap offers 9 hours of normal battery life or 8 hours with hands-free mode enabled.
Also included with the Amazon Tap is dual stereo speakers that offer 360-degree omnidirectional audio, a charging cradle, and support for all Alexa skills. This includes ordering a pizza from Domino’s, requesting a ride from an Uber, and streaming music from services like Amazon Music, Pandora, and Spotify.
Amazon is also running deals on the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, both of which also include Alexa. You can get a refurbished Amazon Echo for $79.99, which is $85 off the device’s normal price. Also available is the refurbished Amazon Echo Dot for $37.99, which is $7 off the regular price.