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New Amazon tablet can summon virtual assistant Alexa with voice only

New Amazon tablet can summon virtual assistant Alexa with voice only

The twist with the Fire HD 10 is the introduction of hands-free Alexa, which can be toggled on and off via the notification pane. Now, the company is going back to basics with the new Amazon Fire HD 10.

It costs just $150 and offers solid improvements over the previous generation Fire HD 10.

The Fire HD 10 is made out of plastic, and comes in three color options - Black, Marine Blue and Punch Red. There's a microSD card slot for adding more storage, or you can opt for the slightly more expensive 64GB Fire HD 10. Amazon added Alexa to its tablets a year ago, but it's now the real Alexa voice controls you know and love from the Echo.

Last year Amazon brought Alexa, the brain behind Amazon Echo, to Fire tablets making it even easier for you to enjoy endless entertainment by simply pressing a button and asking. The feature won't be available by default for the initial buyers and they will have to download software version 5.5.0.0 to enable Alexa handsfree feature.

"For less than $150, the all-new Fire HD 10 offers a handsome 1080p Full HD display, faster performance, more storage, and up to 10 hours of battery life", Amazon general manager Kevin Keith explains.

Getting back to specs, the new Fire HD 10 can run for around 10 hours on a single charge (mixed use) and comes with Dolby Atmos Audio for more immersive and headquarters sound.

This is not the first time Alexa has been available on an Amazon Fire tablet, but it is the first time the feature is hands-free like the speaker-based Echo. That looks like Amazon.com Inc.'s strategy with the launch of its latest flagship tablet. It features a 10.1-inch 1920×1200 resolution display, which does qualify as full HD, although it is technically 1200p instead of 1080p. If you want a tablet without Amazon's "Special Offers" advertising, you'll have to pay an extra $15. The Dolby Atmos stereo speakers are still on board.

But Amazon didn't stop there, it doubled the amount of RAM included (now 2GB), while the new 1.8GHz quad-core processor boosts performance of the tablet by 30 percent. That's a bet that more buyers will lead to more subscribers to Amazon's Prime loyalty program, which includes music, videos and free-shipping perks.

If you want the best tablet, you should buy an iPad.

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