Amazon has introduced the 11th generation version of the Fire 10 HD tablet. This year’s edition adds wireless charging for the “Plus” model, a new front camera (now positioned for landscape video chatting instead of portrait) and slimmer side panels, leading to a more symmetrical design.
Detailed specs are on Amazon’s developer site. The tablet has a 2GHz MediaTek MT8183 SoC, the same chip used in the 10th and 9th generation Fire tablets dating back to 2019. This is an eight-core, 12nm chip with four Cortex A73 cores and four A53 cores. cores. The GPU is an ARM Mali-G72 MP3. Other specs include a 10.1-inch, 1920×1200 LCD; 3GB RAM; 32 GB or 64 GB storage space; a USB-C port; Wi-Fi up to 802.11ac; a headphone jack; a microSD slot; and stereo speakers. Amazon says the battery is good for “12 hours”, which previously indicated a 6300 mAh battery.
True to its form as an online retail giant, Amazon’s Fire 10 HD comes in a ton of different versions and bundles:
- The basic model Burn HD 10 starts at $149.99 with ads and $164.99 without.
- The Fire HD Plus starts at $179.99 with ads ($194.99 without) and has 4GB of RAM and Qi wireless charging support.
- The Qi support of the Plus model is intended for a 15W wireless charging pad officially called the “Made for Amazon Wireless Charging Dock for Fire HD 10 Plus (11th generation)” (Wow). Manufactured by Anker, the dock will kick the tablet into “Show Mode”, turning it into an Alexa smart display. Amazon charges $49.99 for the dock separately, but it’s also available in a bundle with the Plus tablet for $10 off.
- An official Fintie-made bluetooth keyboard case is available for $49.99. This is a QWERTY keyboard with a self-supporting hinge that fits the Fire 10 (or 10 Plus). The keyboard has its own battery and charges via USB-C. Amazon says it’s good for 400 hours of use or a year of standby time.
- Don’t forget the kids versions! Fire HD 10 Kids takes the base-model Fire 10 HD tablet and puts it in a “Kid-Proof” case for $199.99. This first version is designed for “kids 3-7 years old” and includes 1 year Amazon Kids+, parental controls and a 2 year worry-free warranty. Amazon says, “If it breaks, send it back and we’ll replace it for free.” It seems that the children’s tablets are ad-free.
- There is also the Fire HD 10 Kids Pro tablet, for slightly older children aged 6-12 years. The housing is slimmer. It’s still $199.99.
Fire tablets use Amazon’s custom fork of Android, so instead of the Google ecosystem, you use the Amazon App Store and Alexa, and are pushed to use Amazon services. The 11th generation version still runs Fire OS 7, which is based on Android 9 Pie, an operating system from 2018. This year Amazon decided to not turn off split screen support (built in since Android 7) so you can now use two apps side by side.
All tablets and accessories will ship on May 26, 2021, but pre-orders are available today.
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