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Amazon’s Fire tablets are known for offering excellent bang for the buck. They might not exactly be speed demons, and the Android-based Fire OS may not support quite as many apps as other mobile operating systems. but with prices starting as low as $60, Fire tablets offer decent screens, acceptable performance, and make decent budget options for watching videos, playing games, or surfing the web.
Now Amazon has unveiled a new tablet that’s designed to do a bit more. The Amazon Fire Max 11 is the company’s biggest, most powerful, and most versatile tablet to date. It has an 11 inch FHD+ display, nearly 50% more processing power than the Fire HD 10, and support for optional accessories including a detachable keyboard and a pressure-sensitive pen. The Fire Max 11 is up for pre-order now for $230 and up and it should begin shipping in June.
The entry-level model features 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and comes with ads on the lock screen. But you can also pay $280 for a 4GB/128GB model with no lock screen ads (this version ships standard without the ads).
Amazon is also offering bundles that include the magnetic keyboard and digital pen for $330 and up.
Here’s a run-down of key specs for Amazon’s new Fire Max 11 tablet:
|Amazon Fire Max 11 specs|
2000 x 1200 pixels
Optional Made for Amazon Stylus Pen (USI 2.0 pen with 4096 levels pressure sensitivity)
Optional detachable magnetic keyboard
|Storage||64GB or 128GB + microSD card reader|
2 x ARM Cortex-A78 @ 2.2 GHz
6 x Cortex-A55 @ 2 GHz
Mali-G57 MC2 GPU @ 950 MHz
|Battery||Up to 14 hours|
|Ports||USB 2.0 Type-C|
pogo pins (for keyboard)
|Charging||9W power adapter|
Dolby Atmos sound
No headphone jack
|Dimensions||259.1 x 163.7 x 7.5mm|
10.2″ x 6.4″ x 0.3″
$280 (4GB/128GB without lock screen ads)
$330 (bundled with keyboard & stylus
The new tablet is only a little larger than the latest Fire HD 10, and it’s actually a little thinner. But it has a faster processor, more storage, speedier WiFi, and better cameras, among other things.
Amazon says that with an aluminum body and “strengthened glass,” the Fire Max 11 has a durable design. It’s also Amazon’s first tablet to feature a fingerprint reader for quickly unlocking the tablet or signing into apps. And the 8MP front and rear cameras may not exactly be cutting edge, but they’re the best Amazon has used in a Fire tablet.
The front camera is fixed-focus, but the rear camera supports auto-focus, and both support 1080p video recording.
One thing the Fire Max 11 lacks is a headphone jack: you’ll need to use wireless headphones or a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter if you want to use headphones. But with a set of pogo pins on the bottom of the tablet, you can use the optional keyboard without relying on a Bluetooth connection. The keyboard also has 15 pre-programmed shortcut keys as well as two keys for user-customizable shortcuts.
And this is the first member of the Fire tablet family to support stylus input. In addition to the optional “Made for Amazon Stylus,” you should be able to use any pen that supports the USI 2.0 standard with the Fire Max 11 to write or draw on the screen.
If you decide to buy the keyboard or pen separately rather than as part of a bundle, Amazon will charge $90 for the Keyboard Case and $35 for the pen. There’s also a Slim Cover accessory that sells for $50 and which can be used as a tablet stand as well as a protective cover.
The Amazon Fire Max 11 is up for pre-order now from Amazon. And if you’re wondering how it stacks up against other Amazon Fire tablets, we’ve got a detailed comparison table.
Doesn’t seem price competitive with this old Chromebook Duet tablet I’m typing this on .. which is still sold new (even though it’s been updated to a slightly larger version). They also come with folio keyboard and even if u buy a usi pen it is cheaper.
Course Amazon will sell to many people without comparing, and it’s surely not a terrible price. And it’ll be discounted sometimes.
Where’s the water resistance so I can use this poolside?
Irritating that no major tablet has water resistance.
No way I’d put up with Fire OS.
I am legitimately surprised at what they’re offering. Sure, it’s from a horribly overbearing company like Amazon, but getting Surface style keyboard, kickstand, and stylus with a tablet with a decent display all for 330 I think will be genuinely disruptive to the tablet market for people who want to draw, take notes, or just have basically a internet-first work laptop that’s super portable.
It’s certainly all a tactic to get you to get stuff on Amazon and to be completely bombarded by ads and the like, but getting one of these puppies and slapping Play Services on there will make for probably the most compelling tablet on the market imo
A market for people who want to draw… on what? Ibis, Medibang, and Sketchbook are all completely absent from the Amazon App Store, and their hosted versions of Illustrator and Artflow are about a decade old.
I have absolutely no doubt this has better hardware than the equivalent Samsung–the latter’s tablets have never impressed me. But there’s no point in offering the average Fire customers a stylus tablet if they have to figure out how to sideload Google Play just to use it.
Let’s be honest, 95% of their users probably aren’t even interested, let alone capable, of doing that.
True I guess. At the very least, I personally think Sketchbook and Medibang are pretty decent. The reason these are absent I’d reckon is the lack of stylus support in the past. That very well may change with this. It’s a chicken and egg situation I suppose. Although yeah the Amazon App Store is pretty bad anyhow, but there are a few apps they could get to mitigate that.
The point is to attract new users I think. If not, they’d just continue making the type of devices they have been before. I have to say – I’d never considered an Amazon tablet before before I felt they were low end. I mainly use tablet for consumption with only occasional productivity use (occasional note taking, pdf reading/annotation, and email). I also want long software support and fingerprint sensor. On first impressions this is very attractive to me for the price.
Until recently the only real option with fingerprint sensor and long software support amongst Android tablets was Samsung’s flagship tablets, which are overkill for my needs. Even Google’s Pixel tablet is a bit pricey – especially outside North America. So this is a very welcome new addition to the landscape. Hope it compels more OEMs to add fingerprint sensors on cheap/midrange tablets.
I will give Amazon props for their software support. Whether you simply tolerate or outright hate Fire OS (nobody actually loves it), they do provide updates for years and years.
Their previous higher-end offerings just didn’t sell. The HDX 7 and (especially) 8.9 had the best displays I’ve ever seen on Android tablets (I picked up refurbs on Woot years after they were discontinued). Absolute powerhouses for their day, and received updates until maybe a year or two ago?
But strangely, they didn’t have a MicroSD slot like their lower-end tablets did. They also had a fairly high screen-to-bezel ratio for the screen size. Between the design oddities and high prices, I can see why Amazon sold fewer of them compared to the cheaper doorbuster tablets.
Not much info on this SOC yet, but it looks really low-end. However, at that price point, I can see the appeal.
As long as this SOC isn’t a complete slouch, I might consider one of these. The USI pen support is appealing to me, and I’d just need it for remote desktop and light tasks.
Good thing they use Cortex A78, but that Gpu is old and weak, for $230 its okaish tablet but it lose that value of money identity. Plenty of Tablets with sd 695/D900 for around same price or less.
Yeah, it really feels like “the most powerful Fire tablet” for folks that have already bought into the ecosystem and want a spec bump rather than a true alternative from the latest Apple or Samsung offerings.
Amazon S6 Lite?
I thought the same exact thing, but the fact that this thing starts at 240 means that sale prices around, say, Black Friday are going to put this thing into a really interesting position. The Tab S6 is definitely the better tablet, especially for art thanks to the included stylus (and the fact that the stylus is EMR) but the keyboard on the Fire Max plus the kickstand is going to really disrupt the market I think. This can legitimately do most of what the iPad Pro does for most people (albeit on extraordinarily weaker hardware lol)
Lack of fingerprint sensor puts me off the Tab S6 Lite. But I hope its inclusion on this Amazon tablet compels Samsung to add it to the next model.