Amazon today announced a refresh of its Fire HD 10 tablets, as it tends to do every couple of years or so. However, in addition to a new Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 10 Kids Edition, Amazon also introduced the Fire HD 10 Plus today, which is a similar approach to what it did with the Fire HD 8 last year.
The new Fire HD 10 features some notable improvements over the previous generation, starting with adding 50% more RAM for a total of 3GB. It still has an octa-core 2.0GHz processor, so it should be fast enough for some basic tasks. It also still comes with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. The 10.1-inch display is Full HD with a 1920x1200 resolution, and Amazon says it should be 10% brighter than the previous generation.
Another big thing for the new tablet is that it's thinner and lighter, weighing in at 465 grams, as opposed to the 504 grams of the previous generations. Amazon doesn't say the exact dimensions for the new version, so it's unclear how much thinner it is. However, the company says the new tablet has more even bezels all around.
Update: Amazon has now provided us with the full dimensions for the new Fire HD 10, which are 9.73x6.53x0.36 inches. That's compared to the 10.3x6.3x0.4 inches in the previous version.
Aside from that, there's a 2MP front-facing camera along with a 5MP camera on the back, Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, and the usual set of features from Amazon. One thing that's new is support for certain apps in split-screen mode, which should help with multi-tasking.
If you want a bit more, the Fire HD 10 Plus adds even more RAM, bringing it to 4GB, it has a more premium finish on the back, and it supports wireless charging. The standard Fire HD 10 starts at $149.99 with ads and 32GB of storage, while the Fire HD 10 Plus starts at $179.99 with the same configuration.
Amazon is also introducing the Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 10 Plus Productivity Bundle for the first time. Starting at $219.99 for the Fire HD 10 and $249.99 for the Fire HD 10 Plus, this bundle adds a detachable keyboard case and a one-year subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal, which includes access to the Office apps and 1TB of storage on OneDrive. Microsoft has a matching announcement for the availability of Microsoft 365 apps for Amazon Fire tablets, which includes the new and previous generations.
As usual, there's a Kids Edition of the Fire HD 10, which includes a protective bumper case now featuring a dual-tone design and a kickstand that doubles as a handle. It also comes with one year on Amazon Kids+ and two years of warranty, starting at $199.99.
And finally, Amazon also announced today the Fire Kids Pro range, which are tailored child-friendly versions of the Fire HD 7, Fire HD 8, and Fire HD 10, but for older children. These bridge the gap between the existing Kids Edition and the regular versions of the tablets. They still come with protective bumper cases, but with less flashy designs, and they also include a year of Amazon Kids+, but now with an expanded selection of titles aimed at older children. There's also a more "grown-up" look and feel to the interface and features like voice and video calling, more open internet access, and expanded parental controls.
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