Amazon added to its lineup of merchandise once more right this moment, just some weeks after introducing a slew of Echo merchandise. This time, the main focus is on tablets—the brand new Hearth HD 10 pill upgrades the earlier model with a quicker processor, longer battery life, and for the primary time, USB-C charging.

The brand new pill will are available in a daily version and a children version, however the core know-how stays the identical on each. Let’s get the specs out of the best way: it has a 10.1-inch FHD touchscreen, an up to date octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and both 32GB or 64GB of storage you can broaden with its microSD card.

Amazon elevated the battery life to 12 hours, up from the 10 hours of life the earlier Hearth HD10 may get. The pill can cost totally in 4 hours because of its new USB-C port. This replaces the microUSB port that the earlier mannequin had and is arguably essentially the most thrilling factor in regards to the Hearth HD 10. It is the primary Amazon machine with a USB-C port for charging, giving us hope that we may see the corporate ditch microUSB altogether sooner or later.

On the software program facet, the Hearth HD 10 runs Android P and has all the options the earlier mannequin did, together with hands-free Alexa (do you have to select to allow that function). Amazon additionally added a brand new picture-in-picture function that minimizes sure video apps, so you may nonetheless watch video content material whereas utilizing different packages like your calendar, a notes app, and others. The function will probably be restricted by the supporting video apps, although, and Amazon Prime Video and Netflix at present work with it.

The Hearth HD 10 Children Version has the identical UI as Amazon’s present tablets for youths, making it extra accessible and simpler to make use of for youngsters. The pill additionally comes with a kid-friendly case, an prolonged guarantee, and a one-year complimentary FreeTime Limitless.

Amazon has added so much to FreeTime Limitless through the years and continues to take action. The child-focused, $four.99-per-month ($2.99-per-month for Prime members) content material subscription consists of 1000’s of reveals, films, books, audiobooks, and different media that children can eat with out mother and father needing to filter out inappropriate supplies.

Along with being accessible on the youngsters’ variations of Hearth tablets, Amazon can be bringing FreeTime Limitless to Hearth TV Sticks beginning right this moment. Which means children can watch reveals and films by FreeTime Limitless, in addition to Prime Video content material and content material that oldsters deem appropriate from their private libraries. All of this will probably be in a single place on TVs with related Hearth TV Sticks.

The youngsters’ Kindle

Amazon additionally introduced a brand new Kindle for youths. The corporate is banking on the concept mother and father might need a devoted machine that each encourages kids to learn with out distractions and has a ton of kid-friendly books on it. This new Kindle is not new in any respect—it is the identical $89 Kindle that the corporate up to date a number of months in the past (which sadly must cost through microUSB, identical to each different Kindle).

Just like the Hearth HD 10 Children Version, the Kindle Children Version has a UI that filters solely kids’s literature. You probably have FreeTime Limitless, your little one will see the 1000’s of books accessible by that service. As they learn extra, the software program will deliver books that your kids might prefer to the forefront, making it simpler for them to seek out their subsequent learn.

Amazon additionally included new software program options for youths that may assist them learn higher. Children can earn studying badges relying on how typically they learn, the forms of books they learn, and extra. A brand new function will put a fast definition of difficult phrases between the traces of the ebook, which suggests children haven’t got to the touch the display screen to look them up. Children can, nevertheless, long-press a phrase to deliver up its full dictionary card with definition, pronunciation, and extra info. Doing so may also add that phrase to their vocabulary listing and routinely create a digital flash card for it, so children can simply overview the phrases they wish to be taught extra about.

A Kindle particularly designed for youths could seem redundant, however the particular software program modifications may make it simpler for youths to seek out books they love and skim extra. A child-specific Kindle additionally removes the distractions Hearth HD pill has—children cannot watch movies or play video games on a tool that solely permits for studying.

However such a tool additionally offers Amazon yet one more machine to push its FreeTime Limitless service. Every Kindle Children Version comes with one yr of the service free, so mother and father might proceed to pay for it after that yr is up if their little one loves the huge library of books they’ve at their fingertips.

All of Amazon’s new units can be found for preorder right this moment and can ship beginning October 30. The brand new Hearth HD 10 prices $149, whereas the Children Version—with the particular case, prolonged guarantee, and one yr of FreeTime Limitless—prices $199. The brand new Kindle Children Version bundle prices $109.

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