Amazon’s Next Couple Tablets Clear the FCC, Have Micro SD Card Slots

Amazon-FireTablet-Family[1]Earlier this week we learned that Amazon was planning to launch three new tablets this year, including a budget 6″ model and 8″ and 10″ models. One of the three tablets went through the FCC late last month, and now two more tablets have shown up.

Amazon almost never puts its own name on its FCC filings, but all the signs point to these tablets belonging to Amazon:

Amazon has embargoed all the most interesting details like the photos, but the test paperwork reveals a few details. It describes the two new devices as tablets with Wifi, Bluetooth, and microSD card slots.

Yes, Amazon is breaking with 6 years worth of tradition. Amazon dropped card slots with the second Kindle when it shipped in 2009, and stuck with that design principle through four years of Fire tablets (and the Fire Phone), but now they’re going to add a card slot to the new Fire tablets.

Of course, that is based on the assumption that these three tablets belong to Amazon, but that is a safe assumption. The alternative would be that there are two or more companies that share this particular obsession for secrecy, and that is not very likely.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Javi10 September, 2015

    I can not believe a Kindle with SD Card slot when Amazon sell cloud storage but… hopefully!

    What about the kindle 12 inch… I’d understand a Kindle ereader, big screen with sd slot to your owns pdfs.

  2. Tim Wilhoit10 September, 2015

    Any idea when these will come up for pre-order, Nate? I’m not really sure if I want a new tablet but an SD card slot would convince me to purchase one.

    1. Nate Hoffelder10 September, 2015

      Less than two months. I’m betting on September, but they will launch by the end of October.

  3. Timothy Wilhoit10 September, 2015

    TY, Nate. I read somewhere the new Fire TV should have an SD card slot. I’m not sure if that’s advantageous but we shall see.

    1. Nate Hoffelder10 September, 2015

      That’s what I saw in the paperwork.

  4. Steve H11 September, 2015

    Hopefully Amazon is about to surprise everyone. With the addition of Amazon Underground they may come out with a Google system device and not a locked down device. Since many paid apps would be available for free through the Underground they would compete well with Google Play.
    It is the one barrier to selling devices that they face…customers don’t want to be limited. At the very least it seems like they finally get it about storage(for tablets…and hopefully e readers).

    1. Nate Hoffelder11 September, 2015

      It would actually make a lot of sense for the two companies to partner. Google doesn’t sell a lot of digital content in Google Play, and they don’t really want to either. But Amazon wants to sell content, and doesn’t care about the hardware so much.

      it’s not a perfect partnership but it could be a lot better than the two companies fighting.

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