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Amazon gives its Fire HD 10 tablet a classier metal shell

Engadget Engadget 2/06/2016 Billy Steele
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If you've been eyeing Amazon's Fire HD 10 tablet, but aren't a fan of its plastic shell, you're in luck. The company now offers a metal version of the tablet, addressing one of the main gripes about the mobile device. The best part? Pricing remains the same as the current Fire HD 10, starting at $230 for the 16GB model (with "special offers"). Alongside the new aluminum design, Amazon is also debuting a 64GB version that will set you back $290.

Aside from the exterior changes, the Fire HD 10 is the same device. There's still a modest 10.1-inch HD display that touts 1,280 x 800 resolution at 149 ppi. During our time with the slate, we did notice the lack of sharpness in the visuals, so that's certainly something to consider. Inside, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM do the heavy lifting needed to stream that Prime content, with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and HD front-facing lens for selfies and video chats.

If 16GB, 32GB or the new 64GB storage options don't suit your needs, you can expand that memory up to 128GB with a microSD card slot. Amazon also promises up to 8 hours of battery life, so you should be able to get through the better part of a day on a charge. Ready to part with those funds? The new aluminum design is available at Amazon now.


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