Amazon has introduced a handful of new products today such as the new Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote as well as an all new $50 tablet that it’s actually going to sell in a six-pack. The company has also released new models of its Fire HD tablets, Amazon says that these power tablets with their HD displays and fast quadcore processors with stereo speakers and Dolby Audio are “designed for entertainment.”
The new Fire HD tablets are available in 8 inch and 10.1 inch sizes as opposed to the 6 inch and 7 inch models that Amazon released last year. These are the thinnest tablets that Amazon has ever produced, 7.7mm to be precise, while it claims that they’re 2x more durable that the existing iPad Air.
The tablets will be powered by the latest version of Fire OS, Fire OS 5 “Bellini,” which is basically Amazon’s custom iteration slapped on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop. It brings an updated user interface “inspired by the beautiful layouts of high-quality magazines, aside from bringing countless tweaks and improvements for the tablets.
On Deck is a new feature that has been introduced with the new Fire HD tablets, for Prime members it automatically keeps their Fire tablet current with popular Prime movies and TV shows so that users always have something to watch that they’re interested in even if they’re somewhere with no Wi-Fi.
Fire HD 8 is available in 8GB starting at $149.99 through the company’s website and it comes in black, magenta, blue, and tangerine with shipments starting from September 30th. Fire HD 10 can also be pre-ordered today with 16GB or 32GB configuration starting at $222.9 with shipments of the tablet in black starting on September 30 and in white over the next few weeks.