A new tablet that appears to be made by Amazon has just gone through FCC approval with model number and FCC ID 2AWRO-8768, as spotted by TabletMonkeys via Liliputing. Of course, there is nothing explicitly labeling this as a Fire tablet, but it certainly has all the usual signs of being one. While the Fire 7 tablet is the oldest one in Amazon’s linup and the most likely model that will be updated next, there is actually compelling evidence that this is actually a new Fire HD 10, even though one was just released last year.
Brad Linder over on Liliputing astutely points out that the fake company name that Amazon has used to submit this tablet to the FCC, Abyssal Plain LLC, is the same name that Amazon used to submit the Fire HD 10 tablet that was released last year. To my knowledge, Amazon has never used the same fake company name more than once for its regulatory fillings. Additionally, the FCC ID number of 2AWRO-8768 for this new tablet differs by just one character from the FCC ID used for the 2021 Fire HD 10 tablet, which is 2AWRO-8762. That is also quite unusual for Amazon devices. Those two unusual quirks of this new tablet lead Brad to believe this could be a new Fire HD 10 model and I’m one to think so as well.
Amazon just released a new revision of its 3rd-gen Alexa Voice Remote for Fire TVs less than a year after first introducing the new remote, yet both remotes appear to be identical on the outside. Commenter Shirley Dulcey points out that the remote revision might be due to component availability with the original model, which seems like a very plausible reason for releasing a new model so soon, considering the chip shortage the world is currently experiencing.
If this new tablet is, in fact, a new Fire HD 10, I’d say there’s a good chance it will be identical to the existing model and simply differ by some internal components that required it to be re-approved by the FCC. That’s not to say that we won’t see a new 7-inch tablet from Amazon this year, since the current model was released back in 2019, but this FCC filing doesn’t seem to be it.