Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021 release) – full specs and major improvements
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The newest 11th-generation Fire HD 10 costs $149.99, and comes with a landscape-first design, new colors, 3 GB of RAM, and 5 MP rear camera. Plus there is a brand-new detachable Fire HD 10 keyboard.
It’s been almost two years since Amazon introduced the 9th-generation Fire HD 10, and now it’s time to switch attention to the 2021 model.
Amazon Fire HD 10, 2021 model, officially marked as 11th-generation, is set to be released on May 2021, together with corresponding original stand covers and a new original keyboard that doubles as a cover.
The prices are the same as in the 2019 model. For the entry-level 32 GB version with ads you will pay $149.99, while the most expensive variants without ads and with 64 GB memory is $204.99.
I have also noticed that you can buy the Fire HD 10 Bundle directly from the tablet’s product page, as the bundle is now listed as a product variant instead of being sold as a separate product. Simply look for the option “With Case, Screen Protector, 15W Charger.” The bundle costs $265.99 – it’s worth noting that you will get a 15W charger instead of the 9W if you be the tablet alone.
The tablet looks different from its predecessor as it follows the design rules applied to Fire HD 8 model released in June 2020. The major change is moving the front camera to the side, if you looked in a portrait mode. It results in making the tablet easily used in a landscape position. It’s perfect for making video calls or Zoom meetings.
The tablet is now also smoother and lighter, and comes with a range of new desaturated colors: Denim, Lavender, and Olive.
When it comes to performance, the newest Fire is faster thanks to using 3 GB of RAM. I hoped to see a better processor, but no, not this time. There is still the same 2.0 GHz Octa-core as in the previous generation.
Just as in the 8-inch range, Amazon Fire HD 10 2021 comes with the alternative line of slate models: Fire HD 10 Plus that come with hassle-free wireless charging capability.
Both the regular and Pro versions of Fire HD 10 2021 tablets are compatible with a brand-new Bluetooth keyboard that is a native solution for users who want their new tablets to be a productivity tool.
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) – major features and improvements
Better performance thanks to 3 GB RAM
Compared to the earlier model, the 2021 Fire HD 10 comes with 3 GB of RAM instead of 2 GB.
50% more RAM memory should make the tablet work faster and be more responsive than its predecessor, although the processor is the same: Octa-core 2.0 GHz.
New landscape-first bezel
The newest 10-inch tablet joins Fire HD 8 in a transformation to a landscape-first use.
In a previous generation the sides were narrow, while the top and bottom were larger. In the new model, the bezel’s width is roughly the same around the display.
The reason is simple: the front camera was moved from top side in portrait mode to top side in horizontal mode. From now on, it is much easier to make video calls in a horizontal mode.
The horizontal-first view is a natural choice for a tablet range that’s designed for watching or two-hand use. It’s also connected with the wireless charging stand (Fire HD Plus version only) which lets you charge the tablet only in the horizontal position.
5 MP rear camera with 720p HD video recording
Amazon is usually late in improving the cameras, but the 2021 Fire HD 10 has at least the rear camera improved.
Instead of 2 MP camera with 720p HD video recording, the newest-generation Fire comes with the 5 MP camera model. Detailed specs are not known, but at least you can be sure the pictures you make will not offer a terrible pixelated look.
The front camera remains the same and in the earlier-generation model. It’s 2 MP camera with 720p HD video recording.
1 TB memory card support
Support for memory cards is one of the biggest benefits of Amazon Fire tablets. You can use one card with multiple Fire models.
The new Fire HD 10 comes with a support for 1 TB microSD cards, compared to 512 GB in the 2019 model.
It doesn’t mean you have to buy the new card. All you have to do is check out how much memory is used on your current card, and how much more you need in the near future.
A new compatible Bluetooth keyboard
Together with the 2021 Fire HD 10 tablet, a new keyboard was revealed.
With a price set at $49.99, Amazon Fire HD 10 Keyboard is now an easy way to fix two things: to have a cover for a tablet’s screen and to have a lightweight laptop-like keyboard.
The keyboard will instantly turn the Fire into a 10-inch laptop, with fully adjustable screen angle, lightweight design, and solid upper protective cover. Any third-party keyboard case seems like a bulky solution compared to the new keyboard.
The keyboard connects to the Fire via the Bluetooth module, and should be able to work for up to 400 hours before recharging. It can stay in a stand-by mode for up to one long year.
The new range of colors and cases
Amazon is introducing the next-generation color family with the launch of the largest device – and it happened again this time.
Say “good bye” to Plum, Twilight Blue, and White. They are now a part of the past, as well as corresponding, original Amazon Fire cases.
From 2021 (and for about 2 years), Amazon Fire colors are set to: Black, Denim, Lavender, and Olive.
The colors are beautifully desaturated, just like in a previous generation. There is also the new color code of Amazon Origami Stand Covers.
Note: Please keep in mind that the different dimensions of the Fire HD 10 2021 tablet make it impossible to use the 2019 cases with it.
Amazon Fire HD 10 2021 specs – complete list
Here is a full tech spec chart of the 11th generation Fire HD 10 tablet, released in May 2021.
|Generation||11th – 2021 release|
|Screen||10.1-inch touchscreen, 1080p Full HD video playback, strengthened with aluminosilicate glass display|
|Screen resolution||1920 × 1200 px|
|Pixel density||224 ppi|
|Storage capacity||• 32 GB (24.2 GB available to user)
• 64 GB (55.0 GB available to user)
|microSD card||Yes, add up to 1 TB of additional storage|
|RAM memory||3 GB|
|Processor||Octa-core 2.0 GHz|
|Body colors||• Black
|Battery life||Up to 12 hours of mixed usage: reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music. Certain software features or apps may reduce battery life.|
|Charge time||Fully charged in approximately 4 hours using the USB-C cable and 9W power adapter included in the box. Approximately 3 hours with 15W power adapter and Type C to C cable (adapter and cable sold separately).|
|Weight||16.4 oz / 465 g|
|Dimensions||9.73 × 6.53 × 0.36 in / 247 × 166 × 9.2 mm|
|Cameras||• Front: 2 MP camera with 720p HD video recording
• Rear: 5 MP camera with 720p HD video recording
|Wi-Fi||Supports 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz networks. Does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.|
|Bluetooth||Yes; built-in Bluetooth 5.0 LE with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphone, speakers, microphone, and LE accessories|
|Ports||• USB-C (2.0) connector for charging
• microSD slot for external storage
|Audio||• 3.5 mm stereo jack
• Integrated Dolby Atmos dual stereo speakers
|Blue Shade blue light control||Yes; the feature automatically adjusts and optimizes the backlight for a more comfortable nighttime reading experience|
|Alexa||Yes; with Show Mode and Hands-Free Mode on/off toggle|
|Alexa Hands-Free||Yes; simply say the wake word, “Alexa”|
|Picture-in-picture||Yes; watch videos from Prime Video, Twitch, or Netflix, while browsing the web, checking email, reviewing your calendar, or visiting Twitter|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, ambient light sensors|
|Accessibility features||VoiceView screen reader enables access to the vast majority of Fire tablet features for users who are blind or visually impaired using text-to-speech or a connected refreshable braille display. Screen magnifier enables viewers to zoom in and out, and pan around the screen. Switch Access allows users who have motor impairments to use compatible devices to control Fire tablet without touching the screen. Fire tablets also include accessibility settings for Closed Captioning, Font Size, High Contrast Text, Color Inversion, Color Correction, and Convert Stereo to Mono audio. (Captions are not available for all content.)|
|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, Denim, Lavender, and Olive|
|Warranty||1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1year, 2-year, and 3-year extended warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately.|
|In the box||• Fire HD 10 tablet (2021 model)
• USB-C 2.0 cable
• 9W power adapter
• Quick Start Guide
|Launch dates||• Announcement – April 27, 2021
• Pre-orders – April 27, 2021
• Release – May 26, 2021
|Prices||• 32 GB, ad-supported – $149.99
• 32 GB, without ads – $164.99
• 64 GB, ad supported – $189.99
• 64 GB, without ads – $204.99
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) – highlights
Here are the highlights from the product page of the newest 10-inch entertainment Fire tablet.
Amazon Fire HD 10, 2021 model
Lavender / 32 GB
Bright, fast, and responsive
Vibrant 10.1” 1080p Full HD display and powerful performance thanks to 3 GB of RAM and an octa-core processor.
Great for on-the-go
Enjoy up to 12 hours of reading, browsing the web over wifi, watching videos, and listening to music from anywhere. Power back up via the USB-C (2.0) port. Amazon engineers Fire tablets to hold up against everyday life. As measured in tumble tests, Fire HD 10 is 1.7x more durable than the latest iPad 10.2. Screen made with strengthened aluminosilicate glass.
Vivid Full HD with more than 2 million pixels, immersive Dolby Atmos, and a 10% brighter display make movies, TV episodes, games, apps, ebooks, and songs look and sound amazing.
Alexa – just ask
Alexa connects you to the information, entertainment, and people who matter most—with just your voice. Ask to play videos and music, open apps, make calls or send messages, check the weather, access compatible smart home devices, and more. Just say “Alexa” to get started, even when the tablet screen is on standby.
Your privacy is important
Alexa and Fire HD 10 are designed to protect your privacy. For example, you can view and delete your voice recordings or use the Alexa Hands-Free Mode on/off toggle anytime.
The all-new Made for Amazon Bluetooth keyboard with detachable case lets you comfortably catch up on email or make notes from anywhere, whether that’s the couch or the kitchen table.
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