Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) with Alexa Hands-Free Begins Shipping Today at $149.99

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Today is the release for the latest 10.1-inch Amazon tablet. It has a higher-resolution display than its predecessors, more storage, and a lower price. Plus, it functions like an Amazon Echo Show, allowing users to easily talk to the Alexa digital assistant.

The Fire HD 10 is this company’s latest flagship tablet, even though its only mid-size. The 10.1-inch screen has a 1920 x 1200 resolution, giving it 224 pixels per inch.  Amazon promises that the 1.8 GHz quad-core processor will make this device 30% faster than its immediate predecessor. And buyers have a choice between 32 GB and 64 GB of storage. Another new feature is dual Dolby Atmos speakers.

Amazon Fire HD 10

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017)

As with all Fire tablets, this runs a modified version of the Android operating system called Fire OS. Virtually all the modifications are designed to tie the device more closely to Amazon’s services, so all apps, books, videos, etc are purchased from this retailer, and there’s no access to the Google Play Store.

Consumer-oriented mobile devices usually come in a range of colors, and the new Fire HD 10 is no exception; shoppers can to choose from black, blue, and red casings.

Alexa Hands-Free

What is probably the breakout feature for this tablet is hands-free access to Alexa. Other Amazon tablets, like the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8,  can access this service but require pressing and holding a button to activate it.

Amazon Fire HD 10

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) in Three Colors

By contrast, just saying “Alexa” while near a 2017 version of the Fire HD 10 is enough to get the device ready to take voice commands. The service can launch an app, read the news or an audio book aloud, answer questions, get traffic and weather reports, set alarms, and more.

In short, the device functions like a portable Amazon Echo Show, all the features of a tablet.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Availability and Price

Amazon has been taking pre-orders for seral weeks, but the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) can be ordered now at www.amazon.com/firehd10 for delivery as soon as tomorrow.

This product line is known for being inexpensive, and so the 32 GB version is $149.99, which is considerably less than 10.1-inch tablets typically sell for. The 64 GB variant is $189.99.

Amazon is offering folio cases with built-in stands designed for this product in a variety of colors. These sell for $39.99.


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