Amazon is moving beyond its Fire HD line of tablets with the newly announced Fire Max 11. As Amazon’s largest tablet, thanks to its 11-inch screen, and most powerful tablet, thanks to its octa-core processor, the new Fire Max positions itself at the top of Amazon’s tablet lineup for both media consumption and productivity.
The Fire Max 11’s screen has a resolution of 2000 x 1200, which is slightly more pixels than the former best Amazon tablet, the Fire TV HD 10 which uses a 1920 x 1200 resolution screen. While the screen is only slightly larger, there are more significant improvements under the hood. The Fire Max 11 is powered by a MediaTek MTK8188J octa-core processor with two Arm Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.2Ghz and six Arm Cortex A55 cores clocked at 2Ghz. On paper, that doesn’t seem like it’s a huge leap from the Fire HD 10’s eight 2Ghz cores, but Amazon says the Fire Max 11 is 50% more powerful than its next fastest tablet.
To go along with that faster processor is 4GB of RAM. You’d have to go with the Fire HD 10 Plus to get that much memory in another Amazon tablet, but there’s, unfortunately, no “Plus” model of the Fire Max 11 for even more RAM. Another feature found on Amazon’s “Plus” tablet models that isn’t on the Fire Max 11 is wireless charging. The USB-C port can charge the device’s battery in 4.2 hours with the included 9W wired charger or as fast as 3.5 hours if you opt for the optional 15W charger. Amazon says the tablet can be used for up to 14 hours on a single charge.
The Fire Max 11 is also the first Amazon tablet to support 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 and is the first Amazon tablet to have a fingerprint reader for unlocking the tablet, which you’ll find integrated into the power button in the aluminum chassis. For storage, you get 64GB internally with the standard model but you can bump that to 128GB and drop the lockscreen ads for an extra $50. Regardless of the internal storage, all Fire Max 11’s retain the microSD card slot found in all Amazon tablets, which is good for up to 1TB of external storage. Missing, however, for the first time on an Amazon tablet is a 3.5mm headphone jack, which you won’t find on the Fire Max 11.
The new tablet has dual 8 MP front and back cameras capable of 1080p video. The front camera is positioned horizontally in the center when holding the tablet in landscape orientation, while the back camera is in the corner. Much like its previous flagship tablet, the Fire HD 10, Amazon is positioning the Fire Max 11 as a productivity device with a free 3-month trial of Microsoft 365 Personal included and several productivity accessories available, like a keybaord case for $89.99 and a stylus for $34.99.
The Fire Max 11 is available to pre-order for $229.99 with 64GB and lockscreen ads or $279.99 with 128GB and no ads. There are also several bundles with various accessories, such as the Keyboard bundle for $319.98, Stylus Bundle for $264.98, and Slim Cover bundle for $297.97. The best deal of all, however, is the Productivity bundle for $329.99 which includes both the keyboard case and the stylus while knocking $25 off buying them individually. The Fire Max 11 and all of its accessories will be released on June 14.
They need to work on shrinking the bezels of their tablets.
I disagree. They’re tablets; you need to have somewhere to hold them. Also, not pushing for super-thin bezels helps them keep the price down; even though this is Amazon’s top of the line tablet, it’s still half the price of most iPad models or Google’s new Pixel tablet. Whether we’ll see discounts is another question: it might be like Amazon’s other tablets and get frequent sales, or it might be like the Kindle Oasis and rarely get discounted.
Yeah, but it’s the same as any tablet. Even Apple’s most expensive iPad Pro have the same size bezels.
One of the things with tablets is the lack of haptic feedback / vibration engine — so difficult to find one with a keypad that responds to touch.
No headphone jack, no interest.
REALLY!! on a tablet a headphone jack is almost a must.
Still no Cellular. Boo!
They’ve gone full on Apple with not adding a headphone jack. Everyone wants you to use Bluetooth these days, which I am not 100% comfortable with.
I’m interested. Would like to know how’s the video quality on this thing and the sound.
the productivity bundle is approaching Ipad prices
and the re is no mention in this asticle about an edgeconnector
hopefully this keyboard is not using bluetooh and has a folio connector like the ipad for these prices.
Glad to hear it has aluminumbuild but hopefully it comes in another color other than black.
I wonder if they will even try and compete with Google and have a speaker dock that urns this into an echo show like the new google tablet can double as a google home/nest hub.
they sould offer different style speaker docks like a dock that resembles the echo show 10 and more traditional one and one that mounts to the wall like a show 15
I mean if it even has an edge connector
Point of correction: bumping up to 128GB for 50 dollars does not drop the ads. The 128GB model also has ads. You need to pay 15 dollars on top of the 50 dollars to have them removed.
It seems that in the UK, ads are included in the 128GB model but not in the US.
I think it would be worth holding off for Prime Day in July. The last time Amazon released the HD 10 in 2021, the knocked 40% off the price for Prime Day that year so waiting an extra month is wise to see what savings Amazon might offer. They have a tradition of offing aggressive sales on their new Fire and Alexa products on Prime Day as a way to keep people in the Prime ecosystem.
Why the hell would they get rid of the headphone jack?! Like, seriously!