Amazon's $150 Fire tablet summons Alexa hands

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The Fire HD 10 slate features a 10.1-inch display that now resonates a resolution of 1080p and comes with improved hardware specifications. Amazon says it'll be up to third-party developers to bake in Alexa Hands-free support. The shiny rear surface of the old Fire 10 has been given the shove, replaced with a hard-wearing, textured plastic that provides plenty of grip, without feeling cheap (or, at least more premium than the price tag suggests).

As is the case with Amazon's other tablets, the Fire HD 10 also includes the Alexa assistant, which you talk to with voice commands. That ends today, as the company just made its new $149.99 Fire HD 10 tablet. which packs a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200-pixel panel and boasts up to 10 hours of battery life, available for pre-order (it's expected to ship on October 11).

Kevin Keith from the firm's devices business said: "For less than £150, the all-new Fire HD 10 offers a handsome 1080p full HD display, plus faster performance, more storage, and up to 10 hours of battery life". If you have an Amazon Prime account and make most of your digital purchases through Amazon, this is no bad thing. Amazon has also gone ahead and reduced the tablet's price so those who are in the market for an low-priced tablet should certainly check this one out. According to Amazon, For You learns what you enjoy doing on the tablet and then offers recommendations for books, videos, songs, apps and more.

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Amazon's newFire HD 10 tablet is also a hands-free Echo. This new device has Alexa built into it and you can automatically wake the tablet out of standby mode by just yelling out her name. It's also rumored to have created a new Fire TV device with speakers, mics and potentially amped-up Alexa capabilities. Because you're confined to Amazon's Fire OS and generally steered towards buying Amazon products, the features are insanely limited. And while it seems like Alexa is suddenly everywhere, it makes flawless sense that Amazon would want to integrate its very popular personal assistant with its very popular cheap tablets. You can even find out about the weather. Sure, the Amazon App Store features essential apps like Spotify and Facebook, but without access to the full Google Play Store, many simply aren't available (technically minded people can side-load any missing Android apps, however).

If you're planning to watch a lot of video, the speakers on the Fire HD 10 (2017) are another highlight. It's not a bright display, but what are you really expecting for half the cost of an a 9.7-inch iPad and a fraction of the cost for a 10.5-inch iPad Pro?

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