Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet gets small upgrades for same low price

Alongside a superior forward looking camera and expanded memory development, you can likewise issue Alexa voice directions even with your screen on reserve.


An “all-new” Fire HD 8 tablet is en route, however it’s substantially more of an invigorate than a noteworthy update. Delivering on Oct. 4 and accessible in indistinguishable hues and skeleton from the past model, the most recent Fire HD 8 includes a 2-megapixel forward looking camera with 720p video, bolster for up to 400GB extra stockpiling by means of its microSD opening and sans hands Alexa bolster notwithstanding when your screen is in reserve mode. It will cost the equivalent as the last HD 8: $80 (£80).

A couple of months back Amazon presented Show Mode for its Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 8 tablets alongside a Show Mode Charging Dock adornment that basically enables you to transform your Fire tablet into an Echo Show. The constantly prepared Alexa include that is incorporated with Amazon’s Echo gadgets is accessible for the past age Fire HD 8 through a product overhaul (after the product update you never again don’t need to contact the screen to empower voice directions). Be that as it may, it didn’t work when your screen went into backup mode except if the gadget was connected to control.

Like the HD 10, the new HD 8 approaches the constantly prepared Alexa highlight and Show Mode without being connected to. You should be associated with Wi-Fi to utilize the constantly prepared Alexa include.

The main minimization I saw in the specs is that battery life has diminished by 2 hours. It was appraised at 12 hours for “blended use” in the past model. Presently it’s appraised at 10 hours.


“[The] Fire HD 8 incorporates constantly prepared, sans hands Alexa, which impacts battery use,” an Amazon representative disclosed to CR. “There are equipment capacities that assistance oversee battery affect, however Alexa without hands is additionally a discretionary component. On the off chance that you turn it off, you may increase around 2 hours of battery life. You can at present access Alexa by pushing the Home catch.”

Amazon additionally declared that the new overhauls will be accessible in the “all-new” 32GB Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for $130 or £130, which incorporates a defensive case, a two-year free substitution arrangement and one year of FreeTime Unlimited. It’s likewise presenting another Spanish dialect encounter inside Amazon FreeTime and FreeTime Unlimited.

“Children presently approach more than 1,000 age-fitting books, recordings, instructive applications, and diversions, in addition to a huge number of hand-curated sites and web recordings – all in Spanish and included with a FreeTime Unlimited membership,” Amazon says. “Guardians can empower Spanish-just substance, English-just substance or a mix of both. Settings can be tweaked for every individual tyke profile.”

FreeTime and FreeTime Unlimited in Spanish will be accessible on Fire Kids Edition tablets, in the FreeTime application on perfect Fire tablets, and on good iOS gadgets, by means of a free programming refresh that will start taking off on Oct. 4 and is coming soon to perfect Android gadgets.


I’ll post a full survey when we get our hands on an audit test, which ought to be simply before it sends on Oct. 4. However, quite a bit of what we said in regards to the past HD 8 and most recent HD 10 will apply to this model. At $80 – and at times less amid Amazon deals – it remains a magnificent tablet esteem. So, I trust Amazon will move to USB-C charging in the people to come.

Here’s a recap of the “all-new” Fire HD 8’s key specs and highlights:

  • 8.4 x 5 x 0.4 inches (214 x 128 x 9.2mm)
  • 12 ounces (341 grams)
  • 8-inch widescreen (1,280×800 pixels) HD show with over a million pixels (189 ppi).
  • Quad-center 1.3GHz processor and 1.5GB of RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB alternatives with help for up to 256GB of expandable stockpiling by means of microSD
  • 4,750mAh battery for up to 10 hours of blended utilize battery life for an entire day of intensity (up to 12 hours with Alexa without hands killed)
  • Continuously prepared Alexa without hands: Even when your screen is in backup, Alexa is empowered (you don’t need to contact the home catch to empowered voice directions).
  • Show Mode: Essentially transforms your Fire tablet into an Echo, with full-screen visuals that supplement voice reactions from Alexa.
  • New front and back cameras, both 2 megapixels, both with 720p HD video recording (and free, boundless distributed storage for all photographs gone up against Fire gadgets)
  • Fire HD 8 double stereo speakers are improved for Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Atmos “for upgraded authenticity and dynamic range”
  • Double band Wi-Fi bolster
  • Screen sharing: Let an Amazon master direct you remotely through any component on your screen, accessible every minute of every day, 365 days a year – for nothing
  • Amazon-select highlights: Alexa, ASAP, X-Ray, Second Screen, Amazon FreeTime, Family Library, Blue Shade, On Deck, Prime Video downloads and that’s only the tip of the iceberg
  • Access to a huge number of films, TV appears, tunes, books, magazines, applications and amusements with free, boundless distributed storage for all Amazon content
  • Shading alternatives: dark, punch red, marine blue and canary yellow
  • Accessible in 16GB ($80; £80) and 16GB ($100; £100) arrangements, and additionally 32GB Kids Edition for $130 or £130 that incorporates defensive case, two-year free substitution approach, one year of FreeTime Unlimited

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