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13:13 08/10/2019 | 7newstar.com

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Amazon announces a new Fire HD 10 with speedier processor and improved battery life, alongside a picture-in-picture mode

(Tech) The new Fire HD 10 - the first refresh of the Fire HD 10 lineup in just over two years - shares its predecessor’s aesthetic, save a white colorway and a reinforced frame Amazon claims is up to four times as durable as Apple’s latest iPad Pro. The screen size and resolution remain unchanged at 10.1 inches and 1080p (2 million pixels, 224 pixels per inch), respectively, and there’s a familiar microSD card reader included.

 

 

Notably, the newly announced Fire HD 10 is the first in the Fire-branded tablet with a USB-C port (USB 2.0), which Amazon says delivers faster charging than before. It’s also packing a system-on-chip with eight cores clocked up to 2.0 GHz, which is double the core count and 0.2 GHz higher in clock speed compared with the old HD 10’s chipset.

Among other nice-to-haves are a battery that lasts a claimed 12 hours on a charge (up from the previous-gen Fire HD 10 battery’s 10 hours), plus a SKU with 32GB of internal storage versus the old low-end model’s 16GB. There’s a custom-tuned pair of stereo speakers certified for Dolby Atmos content as well, and enhanced 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi.

The Fire HD 10 packs a mic and 720p front-facing camera complemented by a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera, the first two of which support Alexa Communications. Lastly, there’s a range of protective cases in new colors like plum, blue, black, and sage.

On the software side, the Fire HD 10 is running Android Pie 9.0 underneath Amazon’s proprietary Fire OS skin. Longtime series staples like screen sharing are present and accounted for, as is ASAP, For You, Second Screen, Family Library, Blue Shade, and On Deck. But there’s a new thing or two on offer.

The Fire HD 10 also features a hands-free Alexa experience - in which invoking Alexa doesn’t require switching on the screen or connecting to a power outlet. It additionally sports Show Mode, a full-screen UI that displays visual elements accompanying Alexa’s audible answers, approximating an Echo Show.

As with all tablets in the Fire lineup, the Fire HD 10 gives Amazon Prime subscribers access to Prime Video, Amazon Music, and more than 1,000 books and magazines with Prime Reading. They’re also afforded unlimited cloud photo storage in Amazon Photos and 5G for videos, documents, and other files...

The Fire HD 10 also comes in a kid-friendly flavor: the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition. This latest addition to Amazon’s Kids Edition device lineup (which includes the Fire 7 Kids Edition and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition) boasts the same specs as the Fire HD 10, including that 32GB of internal storage, with the added benefit of support for Amazon’s FreeTime and FreeTime Unlimited.

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