Since Amazon unveiled their new Fire HD 10 for the 2023-2024 model year, we have to take the first look at the benchmark performance for the newest 10.1-inch tablet:
Amazon says right on the product page that the new Fire HD 10 is 25% faster than the predecessor. And as we’ll see, Amazon isn’t just being rhetorical either.
The previous Fire HD 10 when it was fully charged and freshly booted would typically get a Geekbench 5 benchmark score of 303 in single-core and up to 1313 in multi-core, running the octa-core MediaTek MT8183 processor at 1.99 GHz with 3GB RAM (or 4GB on the Fire HD 10 Plus).
For the new Fire HD 10 meanwhile, we’re looking at a Geekbench 5 benchmark score of 518 in single-core and 1493 in multi-core, running the octa-core MediaTek MT8186 processor at up to 2.05 GHz with 3GB RAM. So lightly threaded apps in particular will both open and run a lot faster than before.
Amazon discontinued the Fire HD 10 Plus with 4GB RAM and wireless charging this week because it was “too much” for the market category it is in. So Amazon is really trying to hone in on just the perfect soft spot in the market with the configuration of the new Fire HD 10.
But we’re looking at a 70% increase in single core performance, and a 14% increase in multi-core, so I assume that Amazon’s product developers found just the right chipset for the Fire HD 10, especially since they even managed to drive down the price by $10 too.
Since Amazon is one of the 4th to 5th bestselling tablet brands in the world, I’m sure they were able to negotiate a good deal on the MediaTek processor, especially considering that all of Amazon’s Fire tablets are running MediaTek processors at the moment.
Both the processor, RAM, and GPU is different on the new motherboard. And the slightly higher 2.05 GHz clock speed and more efficient 2-core A76@2.05 GHz + 6-core A55@2.0 GHz architecture helps with both battery life and performance at the same time.
The MPEG4 video codec used to support 1080P at 30fps, but that has gone up to 1080P at 60fps with the latest model.
The old ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU could run at speeds up 800MHz, but the new ARM G52MC22EE GPU can run at up to 1.0 GHz, so we have improvements all around on the main hardware.
So we can see that Amazon has been very deliberate with their choice of performance upgrades on the new Fire HD 10, because we have to remember something else too. Which is that if people want a Fire tablet with even more power and higher speeds, Amazon started a new category for that purpose with the brand new Fire Max 11 that they released in June.
– Jim Miller