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Amazon’s Fire tablets are some of the cheapest tablets worth buying thanks to a combination of decent screens, acceptable performance (for some tasks) and really low starting prices. Normally you can pick up an Amazon Fire tablet for between $60 and $230. From time to time, they go on sale at deep discounts. On Amazon Prime Day, 2023, for example, prices range from $40 for an entry-level Fire 7 tablet to $150 for the Fire Max 11.

But figuring out which tablet to buy isn’t always that easy. Amazon provides a basic comparison table on its product pages, but you have to dig a bit deeper to find many key specs.

So I dug them up and put them all in one place. Here’s a more detailed Amazon Fire tablet comparison table.

Amazon Fire 7 (2022)Amazon Fire HD 8 (2022)Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (2022)Amazon Fire HD 10 (2023)Amazon Fire Max 11
Display7 inch, 1024 x 6008 inch, 1280 x 8008 inch, 1280 x 80010 inch, 1920 x 120011 inch, 2000 x 1200 pixels
Storage16GB or 32GB + microSD (up to 1TB)32GB or 64GB + microSD (up to 1TB)32GB or 64GB + microSD (up to 1TB)32GB or 64GB + microSD (up to 1TB)64GB or 128GB + microSD card reader (up to 1TB)
CPUMediaTek MT8168V
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 2 GHz
MediaTek MT8169A
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 2 GHz
MediaTek MT8169A
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 2 GHz
MediaTek MT8186A
2 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.05 GHz
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 2 GHz
MediaTek MT8188J
2 x ARM Cortex-A78 @ 2.2 GHz
6 x Cortex-A55 @ 2 GHz
GPUMali-G52 3EE MC1Mali-G52 2EE MC2Mali-G52 2EE MC2Mali-G52 2EE MC2 @ 1 GHzMali-G57 MC2 @ 950 MHz
BatteryUp to 10 hoursUp to 13 hoursUp to 13 hoursUp to 13 hoursUp to 14 hours
PortsUSB 2.0 Type-CUSB 2.0 Type-CUSB 2.0 Type-CUSB 2.0 Type-CUSB 2.0 Type-C
Charging time4 hours (5W wired)
  • 5 hours (5W wired charger – included)
  • 3 hours (9W wired charger, sold separately)
  • 2.5 hours (15W wired charger – sold separately)
  • 3 hours (9W wired charger – included)
  • 2.5 hours (15W wired charger – sold separately)
  • 3 hours (9W wireless charging dock – sold separately)
  • 4 hours (with included 9W charger)
  • 3 hours (with a 15W charger)
  • 4.2 hours (9W)
  • 3.5 hours (15W)
AudioMono speaker
3.5mm headphone jack
Stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone jack
Stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone jack
Stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone jack
Stereo speakers
WiFiWiFi 5WiFi 5WiFi 5WiFi 5WiFi 6
Cameras 2MP rear (720p)
2MP front(720p)
5MP rear (720p)
2MP front (720p)
5MP rear (1080p)
2MP front (720p)
5MP rear (1080p)
5MP front (1080p)
8MP front
8MP rear
Latest OS versionFire OS 8Fire OS 8Fire OS 8Fire OS 8Fire OS 8
Optional accessories
  • Cover
  • Screen protector
  • Cover
  • Screen protector
  • Cover
  • Screen protector
  • Wireless Charging Dock
  • Cover
  • Screen protector
  • Bluetooth keyboard case
  • Stylus (4096 levels of pressure sensitivity)
  • Cover
  • Screen protector
  • 2-in-1 detachable keyboard
  • Stylus (4096 levels of pressure sensitivity)
Dimensions180.7 x 117.6 x 9.7mm202 x 137 x 9.6mm202 x 137 x 9.6mm246 x 165 x 8.6mm259.1 x 163.7 x 7.50mm
Weight282 grams337 grams342 grams434 grams490 grams
Starting price (MSRP)$60$100$120$140$230

While I haven’t had a chance to test every current-gen Fire tablet, I do have a 2020 Fire HD 8 (2GB RAM model) and a 2019 Fire HD 10, and the higher-performance CPU and graphics really do make the 10 inch tablet feel more responsive. The difference is also clear in benchmarks including GeekBench, PCMark, and 3DMark:

Amazon’s new Fire Max 11 should deliver significantly better performance: Amazon says its MediaTek MT8188J processor is up to 50% faster than MT8183 used in the 2019 and 2021 Fire HD 10 tablets.

Amazon also offers Kids-edition versions of each tablet. These models cost a little more, but include a sturdy bumper case, a 1-year subscription to Amazon’s Kids+ service, and a 2-year “worry-free guarantee” that means Amazon will replace damaged tablets with no questions asked.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids

Amazon also recently introduced new Kids Pro versions of its tablets with a slimmer case, the same 2-year worry-free guarantee, and Kids+ subscription, but a more grown-up looking user interface and a few extra bells and whistles including access to a curated app store experience.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Pro

One thing to keep in mind about Amazon’s Fire tablets is that they all ship with Fire OS, which is a fork of Google Android. There’s a custom home screen and app launcher designed to emphasize Amazon’s apps and services, and instead of the Google Play Store, Amazon’s tablets ship with the Amazon Appstore.

You can install Google Play on an Amazon Fire tablet or make other changes, but there’s no guarantee that every Android app you want to run will work.

Overall I think Amazon’s tablets make excellent media consumption devices. They’re also some of the cheapest gadgets you can use to connect to Zoom video conferencing calls using the Zoom app for Fire tablets (although they generally have pretty lousy cameras).

But if you’re looking for a high-performance tablet for gaming or getting work done, you’re probably better off with an iPad or Samsung tablet.

This article was originally published July 20, 2020 and last updated September 20, 2023.

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  1. Fire OS 8 — absolutely not! The Fire HD 10 could be hacked to be more or less an Android 9 tablet — not so this device, which is locked down to Amazon’s hobbled version of Android.

    1. That was true when Fire OS 8 first shipped, but it’s been possible to install the Google Play Store on Fire OS 8 tablets for half a year at this point. I cannot guarantee it works with the new model yet, but I’ll be keeping an eye out for that.


      But I do think it’s probably more worth jumping through those hoops for cheaper Amazon tablets. At $230, as other folks have pointed out, you might be better off picking up a Galaxy Tab S6 Lite if you want a full Android experience.

      This feels more like an upgrade for users who don’t care about the Play Store and can already get everything that they need from the Amazon Appstore and/or sideloading apps.

      1. I gathered that installation had to done manually and was problematic, necessitating finding the correct edition of the app.

  2. I really wish the 10hd would make use of the GPS functions available on the chip.
    I would like to use WAZE.

    1. It can also affect other things. For example, eero started offering a free VPN, but that app requires location services, so it’s useless on Amazon devices.

  3. I bought the 2021 HD 10 Plus when it first came out and it has been a decent tablet but I’m hoping the jump to Android 11 in the new Fire OS version will speed up some of the lag in the UI. I suspect it’s down to the CPU scheduler biasing towards economy but I would gladly trade a bit of battery life for more responsiveness.

  4. I would love to have a Fire 8 2022/2023 in the same vein as the old HDX line.
    Resolution between 19201080 and 25601600.
    CPU on a 7nm or better process node with at least 2x big cores and 4x LITTLE cores.
    GPU based on a decently modern architecture like Valhall and at least 4 shader cores.
    3GB-4GB of RAM
    32-64GB storage + microSD

  5. Thank you for the comparisons of the Kindle Amazon Fire devices. It helped me make a choice.

    1. It’s been out less than a year? Somehow I doubt it. Although….I do agree with you…just not your wording.