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Alexa takes on a bigger role in Amazon's budget Fire HD 10

Alexa takes on a bigger role in Amazon's budget Fire HD 10

Now, the company is going back to basics with the new Amazon Fire HD 10.

Amazon just announced the new Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017), which is now available for preorder online for $149.99. Amazon will also have a range of covers - in black, marine blue, punch red, and cobalt purple - which will both protect the Fire HD 10 and stand it up in either portrait or landscape orientations.

You can also ask Alexa to answer questions, read the news, get traffic and weather reports, set alarms and timers, and more - Alexa provides voice responses paired with visual cards on your Fire tablet's display, and can even respond when your tablet screen is on standby.

Rather than having to hit a button to bring up Alexa, you can simply say "Alexa" to summon her.

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The hands-free version of the assistant has been included in the new Fire HD 10, Amazon's latest tablet, that will go on sale on October 11 for £150.

Alexa may have started as the assistant inside Echo smart speakers, but it's now all over Amazon's devices lineup.

You have the choice of either 32GB of storage or 64GB, and it's great Amazon has ditched the 16GB version, which just isn't enough space when you're using a tablet that's specifically created to include movies and music.

It seems now like Alexa could have a more prominent place in the new cube-like Fire TV product, and that Amazon is actually revamping Fire TV to something more like the look and feel of its wildly popular Echo products.

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Faster performance - An improved quad-core processor promises 30% more speed over the previous model, which, together with the additional 1GB of RAM, should help the tablet keep up with the increased resolution while playing games or watching videos.

"Full HD display-Brilliant 10.1" widescreen 1080p display (1920 x 1200) with over 2 million pixels (224 ppi) for bright, vivid image quality.

Fire HD 10 packs Dolby Atmos Audio - thanks to dual custom-tuned stereo speakers on the base of the tablet for immersive sound that's high quality enough to watch a film while travelling. This new page displays all of your content neatly with completion bars on the bottom of books, magazines and video covers to show you how much you have left in an e-book or a movie.

This isn't the new tablet's only upgrade. It also features Amazon's version of Android, which locks you out from Google's app ecosystem in favor of Amazon's, so if you were buying your music via Google Play or iTunes, you'll be out of luck, unless you want to install a tedious workaround.

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