Skip to main content

Amazon Fire HD 10 includes full HD display, Alexa hands-free

On Tuesday, September 19, Amazon introduced its updated version of the Fire HD 10. With a full HD display, better battery life, and — for the first time on a Fire tablet — Alexa hands-free, the next-generation tablet will be shipping out with a list of improvements.

The Fire HD 10 comes packed with a 10.1-inch, 1080p widescreen display along with front and rear-facing cameras. With a quad-core processor of up to 1.8GHz and 2GB of RAM, the tablet is up to 30-percent faster than its predecessor and is accompanied by up to 10 hours of mixed-use battery life. Its dual stereo speakers have Dolby Audio support.

As far as storage goes, two options are available — 32GB and 64 GB — with up to 256GB of expandable storage with a MicroSD card. You’ll also receive free unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content and photos taken with the Fire tablet. When it comes to durability, the device is also supposedly more durable than the iPad Pro 10.5-inch model — and cheaper, too.

Amazon also included Alexa on the Fire HD 10 but this time around, it’s hands-free. With previous Fire tablets, you had to press a button in order to activate the virtual assistant. With the hands-free feature all you have to do is make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi and say “Alexa,” followed by a command like video playback, launching an app, setting alarms, and more. It’s compatible with smart home devices as well.

Users will see that a new page on the Fire HD 10 titled For You, lives on the home screen and provides you with a personalized experience. The page allows you to quickly pick up where you left off regardless of whether that involves a book, movie, or song. It will also curate recommendations based on your past interests across a number of entertainment categories.

Other features on the For You page include local weather along with access to family photos from Prime Photos. The new page is available for those who have previous generation Fire tablets as well.

The Fire HD 10 is now available for pre-order starting at $150 and will start shipping on October 11. It comes in in three different color options — Black, Punch Red, and Marine Blue — along with protective covers that will run you $40.

Brenda Stolyar
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Brenda became obsessed with technology after receiving her first Dell computer from her grandpa in the second grade. While…
Amazon Fire HD 10 vs. HD 10 Plus: Which budget slate blazes brightest?
Amazon Fire HD 10

In 2021, Amazon released an important update to its 10-inch Fire tablet and an upgraded Fire HD 10 Plus model for those who want extra features -- at a higher price, of course. Interested buyers seeking a new tablet should know exactly how the two models compare and what the key differences are. We've taken a close look, and our guide is ready with everything you need. Here's how the Fire tablets stack up and which we recommend getting. Make sure to check out the latest Cyber Monday Tablet deals before making a decision.

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)
Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021)

Read more
Insignia F50 is the first Fire TV with a quantum dot display
Insignia F50 Amazon Fire TV Edition smart TV.

Amazon's Fire TV Edition smart TVs, which were created in collaboration with Best Buy, have always focused on the very affordable end of the market, with dozens of models that cost well under $500. But today's announcement of the partnership's first quantum dot-based 4K HDR model -- the Insignia F50 -- represents the beginning of what might be a move up-market for smart TVs that are powered by Amazon's Fire TV software.

The Insignia F50 starts at $600 for a 50-inch model, making it the most expensive Fire TV Edition model of that size. It will be available later this year along with these additional sizes:

Read more
The most common Amazon Fire problems, and how to fix them
Kindle Fire tablet on a table.

The Amazon Fire, previously known as the Kindle Fire, is Amazon's flagship tablet product combining the best of their famous e-book reader with the standard tablet offerings we've become accustomed to in recent years. First released in 2011, these tablets have served in a niche space for voracious readers looking for more smart device features for their home or office. For those of you in that crowd, we're taking a look at the most common problems with the modern range of Amazon Fire tablets. We also keep tabs on common issues for the older Kindle Fire tablets since there are plenty still out there on living room coffee tables.
See more

Amazon Fire HD 10 review
Amazon Fire tablet tips and tricks

Read more