Amazon’s newest tablets are the Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 8
This week Amazon introduced the all-new Fire HD tablets, designed with entertainment and video streaming in mind, the new devices offer an impressive 8” or 10.1” widescreen HD display. Inside the thin and light design is a powerful quad-core processor, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, front- and rear-facing cameras, and a microSD card support to allow up to 128GB of expandable storage.
Also included in the Fire HD is the new Fire OS 5 “Bellini,” which Amazon states, “brings the best entertainment experience on any tablet, with an updated user interface, deep integration of Amazon-exclusive services, and hundreds of new and upgraded features and platform updates.”
In the 8” display, Fire HD 8 was designed to offer the best experience for web browsing, streaming, reading, or gaming. It is available in four color options: black, magenta, blue, and tangerine, and starts at just $149.99. The Fire HD 10 is Amazon’s largest tablet yet, with a 10.1” display that is perfect for widescreen entertainment. Available in two color options, black and white, it’s only $229.99. The Fire HD tablets start shipping September 30.
The New Fire HD features an ultra thin 7.7mm design (Amazon’s thinnest tablets ever) with an HD display that boasts over 1 million pixels. The 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio allows the Fire HD 8 to offer 15% more HD video viewing area, while the Fire HD 10 offers 22% more HD video viewing area than similarly-sized tablets with a 4:3 aspect ratio.
The device runs on a quad-core processor running at up to 1.5 GHz and in measured in tumble tests the Fire HD is almost 2x more durable than the latest generation iPad Air. The 128GB of expandable storage via microSD will allow you to enjoy even more videos, music, games, and photos while offline. Which is great since Amazon Video is one of the only streaming services that lets you download content for offline use.
The Stereo speakers are Dolby Audio standard and the Fire OS 5 “Bellini” offers an updated user interface that is inspired by the beautiful layouts of high-quality magazines.
This is also the First tablet with Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games, and even in-app items are actually free—including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs, and more.
Prime members also get to use “On Deck” which automatically keeps your Fire tablet current with popular Prime movies and TV shows, as well as Amazon Original Series, so you always have something good to watch. Importantly, On Deck only uses the available storage on your tablet, opportunistically in a special shadow mode. When you download something, On Deck automatically makes room for your selected content—there’s no hassle of needing to clear out space yourself.
For the readers out there, you will want to checkout Word Runner, a new feature designed to help you read faster—one word at a time—by bringing each word to the center of the screen to where your eyes are already focused. Word Runner gradually builds to your preferred reading speed, then algorithmically and automatically slows down for difficult words, punctuation, and paragraph breaks.
For parents whose kids have outgrown Amazon FreeTime, Activity Center provides an easy way for them to see how their kids are spending time on their Fire tablet—from how much time their kids spend playing games to which websites they visit.
The tablet will also bring back the Mayday Screen Sharing, which lets an Amazon expert guide you remotely through any feature on your screen, available 24×7, 365 days a year—for free.
Other Amazon-exclusive features included in the device include ASAP, X-Ray, Second Screen, Family Library, Amazon FreeTime, Prime Video downloads, and more. If you enjoy video chatting, then the tablet offers a 720p front-facing camera; and you can take photos and capture videos in 1080p full HD with the 5MP rear-facing camera.
Amazon also offers free, unlimited cloud storage for all photos taken on Fire devices, automatically backed-up wirelessly.
“Fire HD combines an incredibly thin and light design with powerful performance to deliver the best entertainment experience available on a tablet,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “A beautiful widescreen HD display, fast quad-core processor, expandable storage, Fire OS 5, exclusive features, and the Amazon content ecosystem of more than 38 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps, and games.”
Amazon’s thinnest tablets ever at 7.7mm, the new Fire HD tablets are incredibly light—in fact, at 432 grams, Fire HD 10 is lighter than iPad Air—making them easy to hold for hours so you can watch movies, read books, and play games comfortably. The Fire HD’s Dolby Audio also includes 5.1 virtual surround sound so that you can listen to videos or music at full volume and still hear crisp, clean sound.
Fire HD offers a new protective cover available in six colors that can stand in both portrait and landscape orientations, starting at $39.99. Also available for Fire HD 10 is a protective Bluetooth keyboard case that stands in three angles and is designed to provide a natural typing experience with full-sized keys, an integrated track pad, and shortcut keys that provide single-click access to email, media controls, and volume.
Fire HD 8 is available for pre-order beginning today with 8GB or 16GB of memory starting at $149.99 at amazon.com/FireHD8 and comes in four fun color options: black, magenta, blue, and tangerine. Fire HD 8 starts shipping September 30.
The Fire HD 10 is also available for pre-order beginning today with 16GB or 32GB of memory starting at $229.99 at amazon.com/FireHD10. It is available in two color options: black starts shipping September 30, and white starts shipping in the coming weeks.
Customers can also purchase Fire HD protective covers starting at $39.99 and a protective Bluetooth keyboard case for Fire HD 10 for $99.99.
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