It looks like Amazon had a few new tablets up its sleeves after all. The company on Thursday made several announcements, and a few of them involve some new slates, including a fresh Fire HD 8 and a new Fire HD 10 tablet.
The new Fire HD 8, as its name implies, sports an 8-inch 1280 x 800-pixel display and will ship in black, magenta, blue and tangerine. We’re really digging the color choices here, and Amazon is the only company we can think of that’s selling tablets in bright, fun colors in the U.S. Other features include a quad-core chip up to 1.5GHz, Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card slot, a 5MP camera, a 720p front-facing camera and the brand new Fire OS Bellini operating system.
The Fire HD 10 has a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800-pixel display and won’t ship in as many color options; it will be available in black or white. It offers similar features to the Fire HD 8, and the extra cost of the tablet simply goes toward the larger display.
Both tablets run Fire OS 5, otherwise known as Bellini, the most recent operating system for Amazon’s tablets that’s based on Android Lollipop. It has a new user interface that’s focused on putting content up front, with dedicated pages for games, apps, video, music, audiobooks and more. There’s also a unique “On Deck” feature that makes sure you have something downloaded to watch next, whether it’s a movie or TV show, and it’s capable of automatically clearing up space on your drive for new content so that you don’t have to manually configure storage each time.
The Amazon Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 are available for pre-order beginning Thursday. The Fire HD 8 starts at $149.99 with 8GB of storage, while the Fire HD 10 starts at $229.99 with 16GB of storage. Both tablets will begin shipping to customers on September 30, though Amazon said the white Fire HD 10 will start shipping “in the coming weeks.”