Two smaller Fire tablets were announced by Amazon in May 2017. Many users were wondering whether the upgrade of the biggest Fire, featuring the 10.1-inch screen, is going to be released this year at all.
And there it is. Amazon Fire HD 10 was announced on September 19, and starts shipping on October 11, 2017.
In short, the 2017 Fire HD 10 is an affordable entertainment tablet that doubles as an Echo Show speaker. It combines two major benefits:
Widescreen Full HD display – the 10.1-inch display supports 1080p Full HD video playback. It’s fully laminated and has an advanced polarizing filter. With a resolution of 1920 x 1200 px and 224 ppi pixel density, Fire HD 10 offers vivid colors, increased brightness, and wide viewing angle.
Hands-free Alexa – the 2017 Fire HD 10 is Amazon’s first tablet ever to offer Alexa voice assistant that can be operated hands-free. You can activate Alexa by simply saying the wake word, followed by the command. Therefore, the tablet can be used the same way as Echo Show – smart speaker with a display – but costs $80 less.
Fire HD 10 (2017) – launch details
The official release date of Amazon’s biggest tablet is October 11, 2017. However, you can pre-order it from September 19, when it was officially announced, together with a range of official accessories.
You can pick up either 32 or 64 GB of internal storage. As always, you can decide whether you want a cheaper version with special offers or pay $15 for an ad-free model.
Prices for all four available versions of Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) are as follows:
- 32 GB, with special offers – $149.99,
- 32 GB, without special offers – $164.99,
- 64 GB, with special offers – $189.99,
- 64 GB, without special offers – $204.99.
Unlike the 7 and 8-inch tablets, no special offer accompanies the launch of the largest Fire. Well, there is a deal for Fire HD 10 Essentials Bundle. The tablet is bundled with original Amazon case cover and a screen protector. Instead of
$204.97, you will pay $189.97, and keep $15 in your pocket. If you are going to buy these two accessories, getting the bundle is always a way to save extra money.
The smaller 2017 Fire tablets (Fire 7 and Fire HD 8) come in four colors. The 10.1-inch is offered in three variants: Black, Marine Blue, and Punch Red. You won’t find Canary Yellow on the list. Does Amazon think yellow is too fancy for the upper-level model? It’s quite possible.
What about official cases for Fire HD 10? They were available from the same day as the tablet. Again, no Canary Yellow in the range of colors. You can, however, pick up from four variants: Black, Cobalt Purple, Marine Blue, and Punch Red.
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) – comparisons
Comparing the device to its major competitors is always the best way to talk about its features.
In the table below, you’ll see four tablets released in 2017 – the ones with the display between 9.7 and 10.5 inches. We’ve compared Fire HD 10 with iPad 9.7 2018 and two top-shelf tablets: iPad Pro 10.5 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7.
Obviously, such top-shelf features as a dedicated keyboard case or smart pen support are not what you can get from Fire HD 10. However, if you are most interested in watching videos, the display is good enough to enjoy it.
The display of the Fire HD 10 is worse than in the competing tablets. That’s what you could have expected from a tablet that costs only $149.99. The pixel density is 224 ppi compared to 264 ppi in three other devices. It still lets you watch full HD videos, in a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9, offering a resolution of 2.1 megapixels.
If it’s all you need, think twice before exploring other features such as cameras (the ones in Fire HD 10 are really bad) or internal storage.
When it comes to storage, tablets from Apple don’t have the slot for microSD card. Fire HD 10 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 have – and they can get extra of 256 GB for videos, music, or photos. Just to compare, the Wi-Fi only version of iPad Pro 10.5 with 256 GB of built-in memory would cost you $749. It’s five times more expensive than the entry-level version of Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017).
Amazon Fire HD 10 vs iPad 9.7 vs. iPad Pro 10.5 vs Tab S3 9.7
|Feature||Fire HD 10
|iPad Pro 10.5
|Tab S3 9.7
|Display resolution||1920 × 1200 px||2048 × 1536 px||2224 × 1668 px||2048 × 1536 px|
|Pixel density||224 ppi||264 ppi||264 ppi||264 ppi|
|Processor||Quad-Core: 2 @ 1.8 GHz + 2 @ 1.4 GHz||A10 + M10||A10X + M10||Octa Core (1.8 GHz Quad + 1.4 GHz Quad)|
|Internal memory||32 GB
|RAM memory||2 GB||2 GB||4 GB||4 GB|
up to 256 GB
up to 256 GB
Rear: 2 MP
|Front: 1.2 MP
Rear: 8 MP
|Front: 7 MP
Rear: 12 MP
|Front: 5 MP
Rear: 13 MP
|Dimensions||10.3 × 6.3 × 0.4 in
262 × 159 × 9.8 mm
|9.4 × 6.6 × 0.29 in
240 × 170 × 7.5 mm
|9.8 × 6.8 × 0.24 in
251 × 174 × 6.1 mm
|9.3 × 6.7 × 0.24 in
237 × 169 × 6.1 mm
|Release date||October 11, 2017||March 27, 2018||June 12, 2017||March 24, 2017|
|Launch price||from $149.99||from $329||from $649||from $599.99|
Let’s now have a quick look at how the 2017 Amazon Fire HD 10 stack up against its predecessors.
Compared to the 10-inch Fire tablet launched two years ago, the 2017 Amazon Fire HD 10 is considerably cheaper ($149.99 vs. $229.99). It has a better screen (1920 × 1200 px vs. 1280 × 800 px) and twice as much internal memory (32/64 GB vs. 16/32GB). It’s also 30% faster because its RAM memory was doubled.
There are, however, features that are worse than in the 2015 Fire HD. First of all, the new 10-inch Fire is heavier. Its weight is 500 g, which is 68 g more than the 2015 model.
The other thing that may disappoint is cameras. The front one was never good enough to mention, but the main rear-facing camera is only 2 MP. The 2015 model had 5 MP.
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017 release) – review round-up
Check out the review highlights of the 2017 Fire HD 10 from top tech bloggers. Follow the links placed under each passage to read the full review.
Amazon’s new Fire HD 10 won’t be for everyone, but it comes with a number of features you’d usually have to spend a lot more money on, and if you’re already embedded into the retailer’s ecosystem it may be the best slate for you.
The Fire HD 10 is a little more limited than your average Android or iOS slate as it’s running Amazon’s own software, but it does come with a few benefits, especially if you’re already an Amazon Prime subscriber.
–James Peckham, Tech Radar
At first glance it doesn’t appear to be the barn-burning deal that the Fire HD 8 is, but it still offers plenty of bang for your buck.
I wasn’t impressed with the screen, but the tablet is $149.99, after all. The Fire HD 10 has a 10.1-inch, 1,920-by-1,200-pixel screen, which is better than the 1,280-by-800 screens its low-cost competitors come with, and is good enough to show real 1080p video.
Hands-free Alexa is also new here. You can yell out “Alexa!” and have the tablet respond to any Alexa-compatible query. If you’re more interested in answers than music quality, a Fire HD 10 propped up in a stand is less expensive and more portable than an Echo Show speaker.
–Sascha Segan, PC Magazine
The sturdy construction should make this tablet perfect toddler fodder, too – it’ll survive a beating better than the ultra-delicate iPad Pro you had to take out a second mortgage to buy, anyway.
All that content is easier to find now, too, with a redesigned Recents screen that keeps track of all your content. Amazon has renamed it For You, and it will add shortcuts to your apps, games, videos, ebooks, and audiobooks, letting you pick up directly where you left off – even between reboots.
–Tom Morgan, Stuff
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) – pictures
Want to take a closer look at the newest and largest of the 2017 Fire tablets? We’ve collected the high-resolution pictures in the gallery below.
Fire HD 10 (2017 release) – full tech specs
Below, you’ll find the full tech specs of the 10-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10 tablet released in 2017.
|Screen||10.1-inch touchscreen, 1080p Full HD video playback, with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and advanced polarizing filter, fully laminated display|
|Screen resolution||1920 × 1200 px|
|Pixel density||224 ppi|
|Storage capacity||• 32 GB (25.4 GB available to user)
• 64 GB (54.1 GB available to user)
|microSD card||Yes, add up to 256 GB of additional storage|
|RAM memory||2 GB|
|Processor||Quad-Core: 2 @ 1.8 GHz + 2 @ 1.4 GHz|
|Body colors||• Black
• Marine Blue
• Punch Red
|Battery life||Up to 10 hours of mixed usage: reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music|
|Charge time||Fully charges in under 5 hours using the micro-USB power adapter included in the box|
|Weight||17.7 oz / 500 g|
|Dimensions||10.3 × 6.3 × 0.4 in / 262 × 159 × 9.8 mm|
|Cameras||• front: VGA camera
• rear: 2.0 MP HD camera
|Wi-Fi||Single-antenna dual-band Wi-Fi; 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security|
|Ports||• USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to a PC/Macintosh computer, or to charge your device with the included power adapter
• microSD slot for external storage
|Audio||• 3.5 mm stereo jack
• integrated dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos audio
|Bluetooth||Yes; with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, speakers, microphone|
|Blue Shade blue light control||Yes; the feature automatically adjusts and optimizes the backlight for a more comfortable nighttime reading experience|
|Alexa||Yes; the personal assistant provides quick access to the entertainment you want, including music, games, audiobooks, and more||Alexa hands-free||Yes; simply say the wake word, “Alexa”|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, ambient light sensor|
|Accessibility features||VoiceView and Screen Magnifier enable access to the vast majority of Fire tablet features. VoiceView features IVONA’s award-winning natural language text-to-speech voice. Fire OS 5 also includes system wide closed caption settings, adjustable font sizes up to 50% larger, and a variety of book reading text adjustments such as adjustable colors and text spacing. Also includes adjustable font sizes/color, and built-in Oxford dictionary.|
|Supported formats||Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, M4V, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, MKV, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, 3GP, VP8 (WEBM)|
|Location services||Location-based services via Wi-Fi|
|Original case covers||Yes; sold separately. Four colors to choose from: Charcoal Black, Marine Blue, Cobalt Purple, Punch Red||Warranty||1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately|
|In the box||• Fire HD 10 tablet
• USB 2.0 cable
• 9W power adapter
• Quick Start Guide
|Launch dates||• announcement – September 19, 2017
• pre-orders – September 19, 2017
• release – October 11, 2017
|Prices||• 32 GB, with special offers – $149.99
• 32 GB, without special offers – $164.99
• 64 GB, with special offers – $189.99
• 64 GB, without special offers – $204.99
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) – product info
Check out what Amazon wants to say about the newest Kindle Fire 10-inch tablet. The highlights from the product detail page are shown below. For more information, you can check out Fire HD Wiki page.
Amazon Fire HD 10, 7th generation, 2017 release
The first Fire tablet with Alexa hands-free
Alexa, the brain behind Echo, provides quick access to the information and entertainment you want, including video, music, games, audiobooks, and more. When connected to Wi-Fi, simply say the wake word, “Alexa.” Alexa will respond to you – even when the screen is asleep – and will show visual responses to certain questions.
Designed for widescreen entertainment
Fire HD 10 features a brilliant 10.1” 1080p Full HD display (1920 x 1200) with over 2 million pixels (224 ppi). Enjoy widescreen movies, videos, and games with wide viewing angles, less glare, and more brightness thanks to a stunning IPS (in-plane-switching) LCD display.
Fast and responsive
Fire HD 10 is now 30% faster thanks to 2x the RAM over the previous generation and a more powerful quad-core processor. Two 1.8 GHz cores and two 1.4 GHz cores run simultaneously, delivering quick app launches, smooth games and videos, and great overall performance.
No more worrying about storage space
Fire HD 10 comes with the most internal storage of any Fire tablet at 32 or 64 GB, great for offline video watching. Expand your storage by up to 256 GB using a microSD card, and keep photos, favorite movies, and compatible games and apps with you. Plus enjoy free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content and photos taken with your Fire tablet.
Power when you need it
Don’t be tethered to an outlet—now with up to 10 hours of mixed-use battery life, Fire HD 10 gives you more flexibility to go where the day takes you.
More durable than iPad Pro 10.5″
Amazon engineers Fire tablets to hold up against everyday life. As measured in tumble tests, Fire HD 10 is more durable than the latest iPad Pro 10.5” (and costs a lot less too).
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