Amazon's refreshed Fire HD 10 tablets make for great Home Assistant displays

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Amazon has recently lifted the curtain on the latest generation of their esteemed tablets: the revamped Fire HD 10 and the all-new Fire HD 10 Plus. The previous model proudly held the title of the top choice for a wall-mounted Home Assistant dashboard. Now, the baton has been handed over to these fresh contenders, each armed with features that may prompt you to rethink your smart home setup.

Sleeker design, enhanced performance, and a more luminous display

Embracing sleeker bezels, heightened performance, and a more radiant screen, the new Fire HD 10 now boasts 3 GB of RAM, a substantial 50% increase from its predecessor. While the specifics of the “powerful octa-core processor” remain a mystery, these enhancements demonstrate Amazon's dedication to remaining a strong contender in the tablet arena.

Both the Fire HD 10 and its Plus counterpart have been bestowed with an upgraded 1080p screen, allowing the Home Assistant dashboard to truly sparkle even in brightly lit spaces. The more consistent bezels provide the tablets with a sophisticated, contemporary look, making them ideal for inconspicuous wall-mounting.

A refreshing twist to the Fire HD 10 Plus experience

The Fire HD 10 Plus has cleverly borrowed a standout feature from its smaller sibling, the Fire HD 8 Plus – wireless charging. This alluring enhancement could sway those who have been toying with the idea of a more compact tablet for their smart home setup. With a modest US$30 price bump, the Fire HD 10 Plus offers a generous 4 GB of RAM. Amazon remains coy about the tablet's octa-core SoC, but the combination of additional memory and wireless charging capabilities renders this model rather irresistible for Home Assistant aficionados.

Eschewing the need for wall-mounting, the wireless charging dock provides a handy solution for showcasing your Home Assistant dashboard around your abode, while allowing you to effortlessly pick up the tablet when required. Although the dock's release date remains under wraps, it's poised to revolutionize the tablet experience once it graces the market.

The Fire HD 10 Plus Dock

Presenting the Home Assistant dashboard on Fire HD 10 and Plus

To elegantly exhibit your Home Assistant dashboard on the Fire HD 10 or the Plus version, you have a trio of options: deploy the WallPanel app, utilize the Fully Kiosk Browser, or sideload the Google Play Store. Each alternative offers unique advantages, with the WallPanel app being the most straightforward way to present your dashboard and manage various tablet features. The Fully Kiosk Browser, a favourite among Home Assistant enthusiasts, demands a touch more fiddling, while sideloading the Google Play Store remains an uncharted territory for the newest Fire HD 10 models.

Whichever route you decide upon, the revamped Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 10 Plus promise to enhance your smart home experience with their chic design, augmented performance, and, in the case of the Plus, wireless charging prowess.

A portrait photo oif Liam Alexander Colman, the author, creator, and owner of Home Assistant Guide wearing a suit.

About Liam Alexander Colman

is an experienced Home Assistant user who has been utilizing the platform for a variety of projects over an extended period. His journey began with a Raspberry Pi, which quickly grew to three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-fledged server. Liam's current operating system of choice is Unraid, with Home Assistant comfortably running in a Docker container.
With a deep understanding of the intricacies of Home Assistant, Liam has an impressive setup, consisting of various Zigbee devices, and seamless integrations with existing products such as his Android TV box. For those interested in learning more about Liam's experience with Home Assistant, he shares his insights on how he first started using the platform and his subsequent journey.

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