Amazon released three new tablets in September 2015—the 7” screen Fire, the 8” screen Fire HD 8 and the 10” screen Fire HD 10. These three tablets are the 5th generation of the Kindle Fire series.
This article will take you through all the similarities and differences between the two higher-end tablets among the new releases, the HD 10 and the HD 8. By the time you’ve finished reading, you’ll be able to decide which of these two tablets is right for you.
Technical Specifications – Fire HD 8 vs. HD 10
|Fire HD 8||Fire HD 10|
|Colors||Black, Magenta, Tangerine, and Blue||Black and White|
|Resolution||1,280 x 800 (189 ppi)||1,280 x 800 (149 ppi)|
|Display||IPS Gorilla Glass 4|
Quad core (two A15 1.5GHz and two A7 1.2GHz)
|OS Version||Fire OS 5|
|Camera||720p front-facing camera
5 MP rear-facing camera
|Battery Life*||Up to 8 hours|
|External Storage||Micro SD card up to 128 GB|
|Internal Storage||8 GB (4.5 GB usable)|
16 GB (11.6 GB usable)
|16 GB (11.6 GB usable)
32 GB (26 GB usable)
|Weight||11 oz (311 g)||15.2 oz (432 g)|
|Dimension||8.4" x 5.0" x 0.3"||10.3" x 6.3" x 0.3"|
|Additional Features||Both have 3.5 mm stereo jack, integrated dual stereo speaker with Dolby Atmos, 4.0 LE Bluetooth and Microphone.|
|Release Date||September 30, 2015|
*If you were to use the fully-charged tablet for reading, watching videos, browsing the web, and listening to music. Individual results may vary.
Similarities between Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 8
Both tablets harbor similar components inside and offer the same features and bundles from Amazon.
Processor – Both the Fire HD 10 and the Fire HD 8 use the same quad-core processor, which has two 1.5 GHz Cortex A15 cores, and two 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 cores. It’s not a very powerful processor. It can be slow if you try to multi-task or keep using it while it’s downloading something, but it’s good enough for general entertainment purposes.
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) – Amazon equipped both Fire tablets with the PowerVR G6200 graphics processor, which is made for mid-range devices. It is a high-performance low-power graphics processing unit designed to perform well when gaming. With this GPU, you can smoothly play all but the most graphic-intensive games on the market.
We tried some graphics intensive games like the Real Racing 3 (on Amazon) on both Fire tablets. The games take some time to load, but once they loaded, they run pretty well and smoothly on both devices.
- Random Access Memory (RAM) – Both tablets come with 1 GB of RAM, which should be sufficient for your normal everyday use.
- Display Panel – Both devices use an IPS (In-Plane Switching) display panel. This kind of display technology is now the standard among tablets, as IPS provides a rich color display of 16 million colors.
- Resolution – Both devices come equipped with a native screen resolution of 1,280 x 800; however, the HD 10 has a screen that is 60% larger than that of the HD 8, so the HD 8’s display is sharper than HD 10’s.
Audio – Both tablets are fitted out with one audio port, an integrated dual stereo speaker, and a Dolby Atmos sound system. Dolby Atmos provides 3-dimensional sound and makes it seem as if the sound was coming from where it would come as if you were hearing it in a theatre.
The Dolby Atmos sound system is one of the key strengths of these Fire HD tablets. When you watch a movie on your HD 10 or HD 8, you will feel as though its sounds are coming from different directions; thus, your movie-watching experience will be all the more immersive. In order to enjoy the Dolby Atmos experience, you’ll need headphones and Atmos encoded content.
- Camera – Both tablets have two cameras. A front-facing camera renders 1 megapixel (720p HD), while the back-facing camera renders 5 megapixels. The former is great for video chat with friends, the latter is good enough for taking home photos and videos at family gatherings.
MicroSD card – Amazon has finally included the option to expand the storage of their tablets with a microSD card for up to 128GB. For example, with a 16 GB microSD card, you can store as many as 8 full HD movies (assuming each movie is 90 minutes long and takes up 1.8 GB of space). This is a long-awaited feature that’s very much overdue.
There are some limitations for the microSD card as according to Amazon, however. The microSD card can be used to store videos, photos, games and apps; while books, audiobooks, emails, and downloads from the Silk browser can only be stored to the Fire tablet’s internal storage.
- Operating System – Both tablets come pre-loaded with Amazon’s latest Fire OS 5. This is a custom OS that’s based on Android 5 (Lollipop). The new user interface of the Fire OS 5 gives you content pages dedicated to your games, apps, books, music, videos, magazines, and audiobooks. Each page allows you to quickly access your recent content and offers you suggestions for new entertainment.
- Cloud Storage – Both devices are bundled with free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and all of the photos you take with your tablet.
Technical Support – Both tablets have a Mayday which bring customer service to Fire tablets. This feature allows Amazon representatives to connect to your Fire tablet so that they can guide you through its various features in a number of different ways. They can draw on your device’s screen, walk you through how to do something, or they can just do it for you. This is a good way of bringing customer service to customers.
- App Store – Both tablets are bundled with Amazon Underground, which is Amazon’s new app-store. Amazon Underground lets you download 1,000+ paid apps and games for free.
Difference between Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 8
The two tablets are very similar, but they differ in the following respects:
- Screen Size – If you enjoy tablets with bigger screens, you will love the Fire HD10, as it offers approximately 60% more visual area than the Fire HD8. Thus, the Fire HD 10 is good for content such as magazines, games, and movies, etc.
- Pixel Per Inch – Both models have a resolution of 1,280 x 800; however, the Amazon Fire HD 10 has fewer pixel per inch (149 ppi), while the Amazon Fire HD 8 offers more pixels per inch (189 ppi). The reduced PPI accounts for the slight graininess of the Fire HD 10’s display. Still, you should find the Fire HD 10 to be crisp enough for everyday use as long as you aren’t picky.
- Storage – The Fire HD 10 offers the most internal storage of any Fire HD tablet. You can get the Fire HD 10 with 32 GB of internal storage, whereas the Fire HD 8 only offers 16 GB. You can expand the storage of both tablets with an addition of microSD card of up to 128 GB.
- Price – The Fire HD 8 is cheaper than the Fire HD 10.
Who Should Get the Kindle Fire HD 10?
Those who prefer a bigger screen. If you enjoy using a big-screen tablet then the Fire HD 10 is a good choice for you. With its 10.1” screen size, you’ll definitely enjoy watching movies and TV shows, as well as playing games on it.
Those who value internal storage capacity. The Fire HD 10 can offer you an internal storage of up to 32 GB. If you plan to get a lot of books (especially audiobooks) from Amazon, or if you plan to download lots of emails to your Fire tablet, then you should go for 32 GB, as these kinds of content can only be downloaded to the tablet’s internal storage—you can’t store them on your external microSD card.
Here is a short list of pros and cons of the Fire HD 10 on Amazon written by a user who has four Kindle Fire tablets that may help you make your final decision
Who Should Get the Kindle Fire HD 8?
Those who value display sharpness and clarity. With a higher pixel density, the Fire HD 8 definitely offers sharper and crisper images than the Fire HD 10.
Those who prefer a tablet with a smaller profile. The Fire HD 8 is smaller and 28% lighter than the Fire HD 10; thus, it’s more portable and a better companion for travelers.
Those who are on a budget. The Fire HD 8 is cheaper than the Fire HD 10. You could use the money you saved from buying the HD 8 to buy a 64 GB microSD card (on Amazon) and a Fire HD 8 cover (on Amazon).
Still having trouble making a final decision? Check out this piece from an Amazon top-reviewer, who shared how he chose between the HD8 and HD10 on Amazon.
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