Amazon Brings Hands-Free Alexa To New Fire HD 10

Fire HD 10: Amazon cuts price and doubles storage of new 10in tablet

Eric Saarnio, head of Amazon devices in the European Union, said: "We've really worked hard to deliver a tablet from the ground up that's ideal for entertainment". The Amazon Fire HD 10 is going to be priced at $149.

There are three color options, with black being the dullest and the Marine Blue and Punch Red being bolder choices.

The new tablet will ship October 11, with a 32GB version selling for $149.99, or $110 less than the current's 32GB model. According to Amazon, For You learns what you enjoy doing on the tablet and then offers recommendations for books, videos, songs, apps and more.

Also, for the first time on a Fire tablet, you will be able to ask Alexa to show you what's on your smart home security camera with compatible devices from Nest, Ring and Arlo - although this won't be available at launch. 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.




The specs are mostly what you'd expect, too: 1.8GHz quad-core processor that's 30 percent faster than the previous model, 2GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of storage. With the Fire HD 10, consumers can now request information, play content, and control third-party smart-home devices using just their voices. This is the first time that Amazon has brought its Alexa voice assistant to a Fire tablet, and it seems likely that we'll continue to see the technology in Fire tablets as we move forward.

Today, Amazon introduced a refreshed Fire HD 10 tablet, the largest of Amazon's offerings.

You get the same stereo speakers, same microSD expansion slot for adding more storage should 32GB in the base model not be sufficient, and the same micro USB port for recharging.

"The $149.99 device includes a 10.1" widescreen 1080p display (1920 x 1200) with over two million pixels (224 ppi). There's also both front and rear cameras, together with dual-band 802.11ac WiFi for better wireless connections. 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. The new flagship Fire tablet basically sets out to improve on everything that was deficient in its predecessor.

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