Amazon’s cheap Fire series tablets are perfect for home use where they act as simple media centers or might be subjected to rough usage by young children. These Fire tablets come in three sizes—7 inches, 8 inches, and 10 inches—and the largest one of them is getting an upgrade after almost a two-year gap. The 9th-gen Fire HD 10 brings a handful of enhancements to its performance while also replacing the aging micro USB port with a Type-C one.
This is everything that you need to know about the Amazon Fire HD 10 2019, including its detailed specifications and availability details.
- 10.1-inch full HD display
- 2GHz octa-core processor
- 12-hour battery life
- USB Type-C, fast charging
- MicroSD card up to 512GB
- Dual-band Wi-Fi
- Hands-free Alexa
Amazon Fire HD 10 2019: The Basics
In terms of design, not much has changed since the last iteration, which ensures a familiar in-hand feel is maintained. The back is still covered with plastic that, apparently, offers better drop protection. Similar is the situation for the opposite side as well, where the 10-inch display is flanked by regular-sized bezels, just like its predecessor. Thanks to its 16:10 aspect ratio, the display is ideal for consuming video content, which Amazon anyway aims for by including a host of entertainment apps.
Amazon also gave its performance a much-needed boost with the inclusion of an octa-core chipset. With this new piece of hardware, the slate is claimed to offer a 30-percent improvement in performance, which is aided by 2GB of RAM. Similar refinements have been implemented in the battery department as well which has resulted in a 2-hour increase in battery life. The company is also making a transition towards a world with USB Type-C everything.
The Fire HD 10 2019 will be available in four subdued shades of Plum and Twilight Blue aside from the standard Black and White colors. You will have the option to get either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage which can be expanded by up to 512GB. Like other Fire tablets, this model will also support hands-free Alexa besides bringing the dual-band Wi-Fi feature. The front-facing camera has also been upgraded to a 2MP sensor which can shoot 720p HD video.
Software is one aspect of Fire tablets that makes them stand apart from the crowd. All Amazon tablets run on a forked version of Android OS which gives the user no direct access to Google apps and the Play Store. However, there are some workarounds for getting the Play Store on a Fire tablet. Instead of Google’s apps, Amazon preinstalls its own bouquet of apps and an app store, which doesn’t offer as rich of a selection as its counterpart from Google.
|Tablet||9th-gen Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019)|
|Operating system||Fire OS|
|Display||10.1-inch IPS (1920 x 1200), 224 PPI|
|Expandable||microSD card slot (up to 512GB)|
|Connectivity||Dual-band Wi-Fi Bluetooth|
|Ports||USB Type-C 2.0|
|Battery||Up to 12 hours|
|Security||No fingerprint scanner|
|Dimensions||262 x 159 x 9.8 mm|
Availability & Pricing
Amazon already has the 10-inch tablet listed on its website in the US and Europe, and the store has begun accepting pre-orders. The company has set a release date of October 30 for its most expensive tablet in the Fire lineup. Free shipping is available for all users while Prime members can choose to go for faster shipping options.
The 9th-gen Fire HD 10 will retail at the same price as its predecessor—$149.99—for the base model with 32GB of storage. Its variant with 64GB of memory will be sold for $189.99. If you want to get rid of ads from your tablet, which Amazon calls “Special Offers”, then you’ll need to pay an additional $15 charge above each variant’s price. Pre-ordered tablets will ship with free Minecraft worth $6.99.
Amazon Fire HD 10 2019 Alternatives
For just under $200, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 (review) could be an excellent alternative to the new Fire HD 10. The Samsung tablet has superior build and cameras while the software is also much more evolved than what Amazon has to offer. You also have the option to go for the Lenovo Tab M10 (review) announced last January. A clean Android Oreo OS is its USP besides its affordable price.
Lenovo’s another slate—the Tab E10 (review)—is also worth considering especially if you don’t wish to spend a huge sum. It costs just $120 and comes loaded with Android Go Edition software. If you have a flexible budget then go ahead and pick the new iPad 10.2, which we’ll be reviewing soon. In case you’re lucky enough to find a 6th-gen iPad (review) still retailing somewhere, particularly for around $250, just go ahead and grab one before stocks run out.
- Good screen
- Excellent graphics performance
- Long battery life
- Fire OS based on Android 9
- Regular updates
- Very cheap
- Alexa works great
- Very customized interface
- Only interesting for Prime Members
- No Google Play Store out of the box
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