Amazon just announced the new Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017), which is currently available for preorder online for $149.99. The first batch of new tablets will ship on Oct. 11, 2017.
The previous HD 10, released in 2015, was significantly more expensive ($230) than the newer model, and many reviewers complained about its slow performance and underwhelming display quality. Amazon's new HD 10 tablet features some major improvements over previous models, which could make it a good fit for business users looking for an inexpensive tablet that can go from light work tasks to movie watching with a quick swipe.
Here are a few of our favorite business features on Amazon's refresh of the Fire HD 10.
If you're a fan of Alexa, you'll appreciate Amazon's inclusion of hands-free Alexa functionality on the Fire HD 10. Thanks to this new built-in feature, busy entrepreneurs can verbally command the HD 10 to anything Alexa can handle, like playing or pausing videos, controlling a smart setting (lights, temperature, music), adding appointments to a calendar, and placing Amazon orders. [Read related story: Amazon's Alexa May Be the Next Essential Business Tool]
Power, storage and battery life
When it comes to power, storage and battery life, the Fire HD 10 brings some much-needed improvements to the table(t). The new HD 10 has double the RAM (2GB) of previous versions, as well as more powerful quad-core processors that allow for up to 1.8GHz and, according to Amazon, make the tablet 30 percent faster than the older generation.
In addition, the 2017 Fire HD 10 offers more storage than any previous Fire tablet, with options for 32GB or 64GB of internal storage and additional expandable storage up to 256GB, thanks to the microSD slot. There's also unlimited cloud storage for all Fire users, so long as what's being stored is either Amazon content or photos taken with the Fire.
While it's not going to replace your laptop, or even a pricey 2-in-1, the Fire HD 10 offers a decent amount of storage and processing power at an affordable price, making it a nice secondary device for light business users and travelers. On the battery front, Amazon claims the new tablet will last for up to 10 hours, which, if accurate, is excellent for a tablet in this price range.
Media and entertainment
The new Amazon Fire HD 10's 10.1-inch screen has significantly better resolution than its predecessor, which should make it more appealing to movie watchers and business users. For reference, the 2017 HD 10's widescreen display has 224 ppi (1920 x 1200 pixels), whereas the 2015 version had a display of just 149 ppi (1280 x 800 pixels). Pairing this display with the Dolby Atmos dual stereo speakers, the HD 10 offers a great viewing experience for a low cost.
In addition, the tablet comes loaded with a personalized home screen called For You. According to Amazon, For You learns what you enjoy doing on the tablet and then offers recommendations for books, videos, songs, apps and more. Local weather is also prominently displayed on the For You page, as well as easy access to Prime Photos. Business users will likely appreciate the ease with which they can stay on top of news and gain access to helpful apps through the For You homepage.
The Amazon Fire line is designed for entertainment, so if you're looking for a tablet that can function as a robust work machine, it's not for you. That said, if you want an inexpensive tablet that comes with free 24/7 remote access support, easy access to media and internet, and built-in Alexa, the Fire HD 10 fits the bill. This tablet is ideal for business travelers who want a secondary device to make flights a little more enjoyable and daily life a little more convenient.