Amazon today announced its Fire HD 10 tablet is getting a refresh with new hardware as well as a new Fire Tablet Kid’s Edition. The refreshed tablet will keep the same 10.1-inch HD display as the previous model. However, under-the-hood is a faster processor, updated battery, and, for the first time, a USB-C fast-charging port.
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Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet Refresh
Amazon says the new refreshed Fire HD 10 will run 30 percent faster than the previous model. It includes a new 2.0 GHz octa-core processor and 2 GB of RAM. There are two versions with either 32 or 64 GB of internal storage – expandable to up to 512 GB by installing a micro-SD card. And the improved battery will offer up to 12 hours of battery life. And this year it comes with a USB-C fast-charging port. The updated tablet will also come in new colors including Twilight Blue, Plum, and White.
In addition, the new model offers a picture-in-picture (PiP) capability. This allows you to keep watching video content while working in other apps. The PiP feature starts with this new model but is set to roll out to all modern Fire tablets in the future.
The Fire HD 10 Kids Edition is the company’s child-friendly bundle. In addition to a wide variety of colored cases with an adjustable stand, the software services are the same. A free year of Amazon’s FreeTime service which offers thousands of apps, books, movies and shows aimed at kids that are age-appropriate. In addition, it offers advanced parental controls for monitoring and limiting the amount of time they spend on the tablet.
As you can see above, the pricing between the 32 GB and 64 GB versions is close so you will need to decide if you want the extra space. The All-New Fire HD Kids Edition is the most pricy (at least for now) but a solid option for those of us with kids in the home. All are available for preorder now and will ship on October 30th.