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Amazon has a new tablet that costs half as much as the cheapest iPad

Key Points
  • Amazon announced a new Fire HD 10 tablet on Monday.
  • The updated model has updated specs, like a better processor and fast charging with USB-C.
  • The new Fire HD 10 launches on Oct. 30 and starts at $149.99.
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin speaks during the JFK Space Summit, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, June 19, 2019.
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Amazon on Monday announced a redesigned Fire HD 10 tablet that starts at $149.99.

Amazon's tablet strategy is pretty simple: It sells the tablets at low prices and then makes money when consumers use them to buy things like digital movies and items on Amazon.com. And the Fire HD 10 tablet serves as a portal to all of Amazon's services, including Amazon Music, Prime Video, Kindle, its app store and more. The more affordable models of the new tablet, like the ones that start at $149.99, show advertisements on the lock screen.

All-new Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet

Typically, Amazon's tablets feel far cheaper than competing iPads (because they are), but they offer a good value for people who don't need Apple services or software. Apple's cheapest iPad starts at $329.

The updated Fire HD 10 tablet includes a faster processor than last year's model, a 10-inch 1080p display, up to 12 hours of battery life, Dolby Atmos stereo speakers and a new USB-C port that lets you charge faster. Amazon's tablets, until now, have continued to use older micro USB technology.

The new Fire HD 10 tablet can be pre-ordered now and launches Oct. 30.

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