Amazon Updates Fire HD Tablet with Better Display, Lower Price

Like the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 refreshes before it, Amazon's new Fire HD 10 includes Alexa integration as standard.

If you owned one of Amazon's older 10-inch Fire tablets, you can expect much more speed, as this year's model is going to be the fastest of Amazon's tablets.

Amazon is offering the Fire HD 10 in two variants: a base model with 32GB storage that will retail for $149, and a version with 64GB storage that will set you back $189.

The new Fire HD 10 comes in three colors - black, marine blue and punch red - each with matching protective fabric covers for $40. As it name implies, you don't have to be physically holding the Fire HD 10 to invoke Alexa. (Last year, Amazon added Alexa to its Fire tablets but the digital assistant had to be summoned with the touch of a button). Of course, if you're concerned about the always-listening microphone, you can choose to disable Alexa when the screen is locked. The feature won't be available by default for the initial buyers and they will have to download software version 5.5.0.0 to enable Alexa handsfree feature.

Kevin Keith, general manager of Amazon Devices, swooned: "For less than £150, the all-new Fire HD 10 offers a attractive 1080p Full HD display, plus faster performance, more storage, and up to 10 hours of battery life".

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Battery life, Amazon claims, is up to ten hours of mixed use.

"Amazon announced the all-new Fire HD 10, now with a 10.1" widescreen 1080p Full HD display with over 2 million pixels.

The Fire HD 10 comes with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD.

Amazon has been trying to get its tablets in front of everyone it can, for a simple reason: The tablets are there to sell you stuff. Pairing this display with the Dolby Atmos dual stereo speakers, the HD 10 offers a great viewing experience for a low cost. If you want to turn down the lights or check the weather, you don't have to tap the screen or wander within earshot of an Echo. Little has changed, although there is a new addition to the Fire OS' UI called "For You", which provides recommendations for similar items you've purchased.

Alexa offers access to thousands of skills so you can play music from services like TuneIn, check your flight status with EasyJet, or order a pizza from Domino's.

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