Amazon on Thursday announced a couple of new additions to its ever-growing Fire tablet lineup. First up, Show Mode and a new Show Mode Charging Dock, are coming to existing (Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10) tablets. Additionally, Amazon has introduced a new Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablet.
Show Mode gives tablet users an “immersive hands-free Alexa experience” and allows for full-screen visuals to complement voice responses from Alexa. Ask her to tell you the weather, for instance, and you’ll get nice, easy to read imagery to go with it. You can also have visual assistance with setting timers, checking connected camera feeds, calendar at-a-glance, and more.
Show Mode will be delivered to compatible Fire tablets as a free, over-the-air software update as soon as July 2.
Show Mode Charging Dock
The Show Mode Charging Dock serves as a docking station that also switches the Fire HD tablets into Show Mode. Further, the dock puts the tablets into a comfortable angle which is perfect for counter tops and desks. What’s more, it also charges up the tablet at the same time.
The Show Mode Charging Dock for the Fire HD 8 will retail for $39.99; the Show Mode Charging Dock for the Fire HD 10 will run $54.99. Both are available for pre-order now with shipping starting on July 12.
Promotional Prices and Bundles
As part of an introductory offer, each has been discounted. The Fire HD 8 model is $34.99 while the Fire HD 10 is only $49.99, a savings of $5 off each.
Amazon will also pair the Show Mode Charging Dock with its tablets as part of a discounted bundle. The coupled Fire HD 8 tablet starts at $109.98—a $10 savings and the bundled Fire HD 10 tablet starts at $189.98—a $15 savings.
Fire HD 10 Kids Edition
The new Fire HD 10 Kids Edition is now Amazon’s largest and fastest kids-centric tablet and offers up a 10.1-inch 1080p Full HD screen.
Powered by a quad-core processor, the device gives kids 32GB of internal storage with a microSD expansion card slot for up to 256GB extra space. In other words, plenty of room for games, music, and photos. The battery is slated to deliver up to 10 hours of life per charge.
Not just a powerful hardware experience, the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition also comes with one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a kid-proof case, and 2-year worry-free guarantee. The total value comes in around $320 but you can purchase it for $199.99.
The Fire HD 10 Kids Edition starts shipping on July 11 in three color options: blue, pink, and yellow. As part of an introductory special, you can buy two of them and save $100 – a 25% discount.