Amazon’s newest Fire HD 10 tablet is thinner and lighter than the previous-gen model it replaces. But thanks to an updated processor, Amazon says the Fire HD 10 (2023) is 25% faster than the 2021 model, while offering slightly longer battery life. It also supports an optional Amazon Stylus Pen (sold separately).

First announced in September, the 13th-gen Amazon Fire HD 10 is now available for $140 and up.

The starting price is for a model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, but you can also upgrade to a 3GB/64GB model for $180.

Or you can just add a microSD card for additional storage: all of Amazon’s current-gen Fire tablets support cards up to 1TB and you can configure an SD card to work like internal storage (meaning you can install apps to it) or like removable storage for media and documents.

There are also Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids and Fire HD 10 Kids Pro versions of the tablet, which sell for $190 and up, feature 32GB of storage, and come with a rugged case, a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ and a 2-year worry-free guarantee (which means Amazon will replace a broken tablet, no matter how you or your kid broke it).

At the heart of the new tablet is a MediaTek MT8186A processor, which features two ARM Cortex-A76 CPU cores with speeds up to 2.05 GHz, six Cortex-A55 cores that support speeds up to 2 GHz, and a 1 GHz ARM Mali-G52 MC22EE GPU.

Keep in mind that this is still a chip designed for budget devices, so while it should bring a nice performance boost over the MT8183 chip used in the 2021 Fire HD 10, it’s not as fast as the MT8188J processor found in the Fire Max 11 (which sells for $230 and up), and it’s not even close to matching the performance you’d get from the latest iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab S series tablets.

But Amazon’s tablets aren’t really designed to compete with $400+ devices. Instead they’re value-oriented gadgets designed first and foremost for interacting with Amazon content including eBooks, music, and movies purchased from Amazon (although you can also sideload content from other sources).

They run Amazon’s Fire OS software (which is a fork of Android) and ship with the Amazon Appstore rather than the Google Play Store (although you can sideload that too).

And in that context, Amazon’s latest 10 inch model seems to fit a very specific niche. It’s not as cheap as Amazon’s Fire 7 or Fire HD 8 tablets, which start at $60 and $100, respectively.

But the Fire HD 10’s $140 starting price makes it $90 cheaper than the Fire Max 11. And, like that pricier tablet, the new Fire HD 10 supports pressure-sensitive pen input, has an FHD+ display, and a processor that should be able to handle basic tasks like web browsing, video streaming, and light gaming with ease.

The Fire Max 11 has a few advantages though, like a faster processor, 4GB of RAM, slightly better cameras, and support for WiFi 6.

On the bright side, at least one independent review indicates that the Fire HD 10 (2023) gets longer battery life than the Fire Max 11 (2023).

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2023)Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)Amazon Fire Max 11 (2023)
Display10 inch, 1920 x 120010 inch, 1920 x 120011 inch, 2000 x 1200 pixels
Storage32GB or 64GB + microSD (up to 1TB)32GB or 64GB + microSD (up to 1TB)64GB or 128GB + microSD card reader (up to 1TB)
CPUMediaTek MT8186A
2 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.05 GHz
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 2 GHz
MediaTek MT8183
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 @ 2 GHz
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 2 GHz
MediaTek MT8188J
2 x ARM Cortex-A78 @ 2.2 GHz
6 x Cortex-A55 @ 2 GHz
GPUMali-G52 2EE MC2 @ 1 GHzMali-G72 MP3 @ 800 MHzMali-G57 MC2 @ 950 MHz
BatteryUp to 13 hoursUp to 12 hoursUp to 14 hours
PortsUSB 2.0 Type-CUSB 2.0 Type-CUSB 2.0 Type-C
Charging time4 hours (with included 9W charger)
3 hours (with a 15W charger)
  • 4 hours (9W)
  • 15W fast charging support
  • 4.2 hours (9W)
  • 3.5 hours (15W)
AudioStereo speakers
3.5mm headphone jack
Stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone jack
Stereo speakers
WiFiWiFi 5WiFi 5WiFi 6
Cameras 5MP rear
5MP front
5MP rear
2MP front
8MP front
8MP rear
Latest OS versionFire OS 8Fire OS 7Fire OS 8
Dimensions246 x 165 x 8.6mm247mm x 166mm x 9.2mm259.1 x 163.7 x 7.50mm
Weight434 grams468 grams490 grams
Starting price (MSRP)$140$150$230

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  1. Kudos to Amazon for including pen support on the 2023 Amazon Fire 10. Pen support is usually reserved for premium, or at least semi-premium devices. While I doubt many professional artists will be choosing this over an iPad Pro, it should be a good option for a low cost note taking device. The Fire Max 11 is good for note taking, but by the time you buy the tablet and pen, you’re spending about as much as a Samsung Tab S6 Lite.