Amazon is launching its first tablets with 8 and 10 inch displays. The new Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 feature 1280 x 800 pixel displays and quad-core MediaTek processors.

The Fire HD 8 has a starting price of $150, while the Fire HD 10 starts at $230. They join last year’s Fire HD 6, which is still available for $100 and the brand new 7 inch Fire HD which is priced at just $50.

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It’s interesting to note that none of the new tablets has a full HD display: Amazon seems to be focused on keeping the price of its new tablets low rather than offering industry-best features.

That said, the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 do have a few features that their smaller siblings lack, including Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, 802.11ac WIFI, and higher-resolution cameras (with a 5MP rear rear camera and 720P front-facing camera.

The Fire HD 8 is available with 8GB to 16GB of built-in storage, while the 10 inch morel comes with 16GB to 32GB of storage. Both support microSD cards for up to 128GB of removable storage.

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Amazon’s new Fire HD tablets feature 1GB of RAM, IPS displays with wide viewing angles, and Fire OS 5 software, based on Android 5.1.

The older Fire HD 6 will get a software update that brings many of the features of the new tablets, but it’s now the only tablet Amazon is continuing to sell which lacks a microSD card slot.

Amazon is taking pre-orders for the new tablets, with orders expected to start shipping on September 30th.

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3 replies on “Amazon launches Fire HD 8 and 10 tablets for $150 and up”

  1. I’m not big on the high resolution displays offered by many smartphones, but I do wonder what a picture or text would look like on that 10″ model.

    1. It’ll be okay but it’s arguable that 10.1″ is the threshold that you should start raising the resolution… With a pixel density of just 149 ppi, it’s a bit low for something you’ll do a lot of reading on but fine for watching movies… While the $50 model with the 6.7″ screen and 1024×600 resolution actually has a higher pixel density at around 177 ppi… This would be equivalent to a 1520×950 resolution on the 10.1″ screen to get about the same pixel density, but that’s a odd size so they would have to jump to 1920×1200 (for the same 16:10 ratio) and that’ll raise the pixel density to a more acceptable 224 ppi, which would be better for reading…

      But, of course, it depends on how they intend to market it and with them still selling Kindle e-readers and their other new products it looks like the Fire Kindles are just filling a small niche that doesn’t need to push the spec limits to cover too wide a usage range…

      Like a more square screen ratio would probably be preferable for reading comics and magazines but a 10.1″ with 16:10 ratio should be okay for most uses… and is the more accepted compromise between reading and media watching consumption optimization…

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