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Amazon Brings Hands-Free Alexa To New Tablet

Amazon updated its Fire HD 10 tablet, the company’s largest model, giving the new version hands-free Alexa capabilities.

It’s been one year since that the company first announced it would give its Fire tablets Alexa voice-control capabilities, but users were previously required to push a button on the device to activate the features. With the Fire HD 10, consumers can now request information, play content, and control third-party smart-home devices using just their voices. Amazon’s other Fire tablets will still require push-button activation.

Other features for the new Fire HD 10 include a 10-inch 1080p FullHD display with 224 ppi, 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, dual Dolby Atmos speakers, built-in mic, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a 10-hour battery life. Internal storage options include 32GB and 64GB, expandable up to 256GB via the MicroSD slot.

As with the other Fire tablets, the Fire HD 10 has a front-facing VGA camera and a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera with 720p video recording.

The 32GB will be priced at $149 with special offers displayed on the lock screen and $164 without; the 64GB will be $189 and $204, respectively. Three colors are available, and shipping starts Oct. 11.