Amazon has updated its Fire HD tablet with new features and a lower price tag. Amazon has added full HD (1080p) display on the Fire HD, and integrated hands-free Alexa. The Amazon Fire HD starts at $150 (approximately Rs 9,700), and will start shipping from October 11. The Fire HD 10 comes in three color options of Black, Marine Blue and Punch Red.
The full HD resolution is available on a 10.1-inch display sized Fire HD 10. The tablet runs a MediaTek quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. Amazon says that the processor is 30 percent faster than its predecessor. Amazon has also increased battery life on the Fire HD 10 up to 10 hours, and says that it fully charges within five hours. While the memory remains the same with 2GB of RAM, the base storage variant starts at 32GB with another option of 64GB. The internal storage is further expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. The 64GB storage variant is priced at $189 (approximately Rs 12,300). ALSO READ: Amazon Fire TV Stick Review: It saved my TV from becoming obsolete
In the photography department, the new Fire HD tablet sports a 2-megapixel rear camera. Up front, it houses a VGA camera for video calling. Its connectivity options include Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, and Bluetooth. With hands-free Alexa integration, Amazon says that users will be able to launch the AI assistant by simply saying “Alexa”. It can be used to perform actions like playing music or videos, read your schedule, and control your smart home products. ALSO READ: Amazon working on Alexa-powered smart glasses and home security cameras: Report
The Fire HD tablet also comes with Dolby ATMOS-powered dual stereo speakers. With support for Kindle ebooks, the Fire HD tablet also has a Blue Shade reading mode which adjusts the screen brightness for a more comfortable view. Amazon also says that the Fire HD 10 tablet is more durable that the Apple iPad Pro 10-inch based on tumble tests.