Amazon Bows Next-Generation Fire HD 10 Tablets

Amazon today announced the next generation of Fire HD 10 tablets — the all-new Fire HD 10 and first Fire HD 10 Plus offering a brighter full HD display and updated design.

Plus buyers get a detachable keyboard case and a Microsoft 365 Personal subscription. Amazon also introduced an all-new Fire HD 10 Kids tablet for kids ages 3-7, and new Fire Kids Pro tablets built with 6- to 12-year-olds in mind.

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“The new Fire HD 10 is brighter, thinner and lighter, with an octa-core processor for fast and responsive performance, 50% more RAM, and all-day battery life,” Kevin Keith, VP of Amazon Devices, said in a statement.

The $149.99 all-new Fire HD 10 features an octa-core 2.0 GHz processor and 3GB RAM, with 50% more RAM than the previous generation; a 10.1-inch, 1080p full-HD display that is 10% brighter than the previous generation with more than two million pixels.

The device features a thinner and lighter design with uniform bezels, and a screen strengthened with aluminosilicate glass; an updated battery with up to 12 hours of battery life; 32GB or 64GB of internal storage; plus support for up to 1TB of expandable storage via a microSD card.

The tablet includes a 2MP front-facing camera that is landscape oriented to support widescreen video calls by asking Alexa to make a call, or use apps like Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams.

An all-new feature for Fire OS shows two compatible apps like Messenger from Facebook and Prime Video, side-by-side for easy multi-tasking.

In addition to enhanced parental controls, the new Fire HD 10 tablets are certified by Carbon Trust’s ‘Reducing CO2’ Product Carbon Footprint Label, a certification that demonstrates a reduction in the carbon footprint of products, year-over-year.

The 179.99 Fire HD 10 Plus features 4GB RAM, slate colored finishes, wireless charging with any compatible Qi certified charger, or pair with the Made for Amazon wireless charging dock from Anker (sold separately), and Fire HD 10 Plus transitions from a portable tablet to a countertop smart display with hands-free access to Alexa in Show Mode.

The $219.99 “Productivity Bundles” include either a Fire HD 10 or Fire HD 10 Plus and all-new Bluetooth keyboard with detachable case lets you adjust screen-viewing angles. The case can also be purchased separately for $49.99.

The tablet includes a 12-month subscription to premium Microsoft Office apps, 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, and more, which you can use on up to five compatible devices at the same time. The subscription auto-renews after one year at the regular rate ($69.99).

Accessory cases are available for Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 10 Plus tablets in Black, Lavender Haze, Deep Sea Blue and Olive Green. All tablets and accessories begin shipping on May 26.

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