Amazon Inc. has launched a larger edition of its popular Fire HD Kids Edition tablet series. Along with the 10-inch tablet aimed at kids’ education and entertainment, the company also unveiled a special “Show Mode Charging Dock” for other Fire tablets. Apart from propping up the tablets, the dock will also charges them.
Following the success of 7-inch and 8-inch variants of the Fire Kids Edition tablets, Amazon has released a larger 10-inch version of the kids-centric edutainment device. Additionally, the company is also reportedly sending out updates for the other Fire tablets. These tablets can now work as supporting visual aids for the Amazon Echo. To enable this feature, Amazon is also launching the Show Mode Charging Dock. The dock keeps the tablets at an easily viewable angle.
Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition: Specifications and Price
The Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition is essentially a larger variant of the 7 and 8 inch tablets that Amazon currently sells. Incidentally, only the screen size of the tablets has been increased to 10.1 inch. Amazon has retained the internal components of the Fire HD 10 tablet from last year’s model. The tablet sports a 10.1 inch Full HD display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels with a 224 PPI density. The tablet has 32 GB built-in storage, which can be expanded using a micro-SD card up to 256 GB.
The device is powered by 1.4 GHz quad-core processor that’s coupled with 2 GB of RAM. The tablet runs on Fire OS. It has 2-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 0.3-megapixel front shooter. While the specifications aren’t exactly powerful, Amazon has attempted to make the tablet not only kid-friendly, but kid-safe as well. The device has a soft and flexible, but protective rubber bumper around the edge.
Amazon Tablet Addresses Parents’ Concerns and Children’s Needs
Along with overly simplified software, the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets offer one-year free access to “FreeTime” subscription. The platform allows access to kids-friendly and engaging apps, games, books, and videos. After the free subscription ends, parents can renew the same. Amazon charges its Prime customers about $2.99 (Rs. 200 approx.) per month. The tablet has several parental control options including the Parent Dashboard. The main control area makes it easy for parents to participate in their child’s activity, and adjust tablet settings. Parents can even set controls remotely. Essentially, Amazon has attempted to make the tablet a protected audio-virtual oasis of information and entertainment for the children.
As part of its commitment towards the platform, Amazon offers “no questions asked” two-year guarantee. The program effectively promises a replacement if the children manage to damage the tablet. Amazon sells the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablet for $199.99 (Rs. 13,700 aprrox.). The tablets are available in three colors – Blue, Pink, and Yellow.
Show Mode Charging Dock: Specifications and Price
The Show Mode charging dock has been designed specifically for the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets. Apart from serving as a tilt-stand for the tablets, the dock also charges them. The dock transforms the tablets into an audio-visual extension of Amazon Echo, the smart virtual assistant offered by the eCommerce giant. The tablets offer multimedia hands-free Alexa experience with on-screen information. They essentially replace Echo Show, a device that offers a visual output for Alexa assistant responses. Some of the popular visual responses where Echo Show shines are camera feeds, weather, trending news, videos etc. The tablets resume normal operation after exiting Show Mode.
Only the 7-inch and 8-inch tablets get the the docks. Amazon is charging $34.99 (Rs. 2,400 approx.) for 8-inch model, while the 10-inch version carries a price tag of $49.99 (Rs. 3,400 approx.) Both the models are up for pre-orders. Amazon is promising deliveries will commence from July 12.