Amazon Cuts Cost of Updated Fire HD 10

Amazon Cuts Cost of Updated Fire HD 10
The new Fire HD 10 is priced from $149.99 and offers hands-free access to Alexa.

(CCM) — Amazon's updated Fire HD 10 iPad-rival now features a full HD screen and voice activation for its Alexa intelligent assistant, and the price has been slashed to just $149.99 — $80 less than the original Fire HD 10 tablet.

To activate Alexa on previous Amazon tablets users had to press a button, but on this updated one Alexa can be configured to listen for activations words such as "Echo" or "Alexa" in the same way as devices such as Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot. Just like these devices, the Fire HD 10 can play music or movies, operate smart home devices such as connected thermostats, and activate Alexa skills.

The new device offers a beefed-up quad-core processor with 10 hours of battery life, as well as dual speakers with Dolby Atmos support, a 2 MP rear camera, and a lower resolution selfie camera. The new tablet's storage capacity has also been boosted from 16 GB to 32 GB for the standard version or 64 GB for the higher capacity version. Both models also offer a microSD card slot enabling users to add up to 256 GB of expanded storage.

The new Fire HD 10 tablet will be released on October 11, 2017 and will be available in black, marine blue, and punch red. The standard version is priced at $149.99 and the 64 GB version at $189.99, with special offers displayed on the lock screens. Versions without special offers are also available for $15 extra.

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