Amazon announced their new 8-inch Fire HD 8 today, the third generation of the Fire HD 8 tablet, and this year it has become even cheaper at just $79: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J94SWWU/
But this tablet hasn’t changed as much as the new Fire 7 has. So it’s mostly the same tablet as before, but $10 cheaper. It has an 8-inch screen with HD resolution of 1280 x 800, is powered by a quad-core 1.3 GHz Mediatek processor, has 1.5GB of RAM, and options of 16GB or 32GB of storage. But microSD card support has increased from 200GB to 256GB. Although Amazon content and pictures taken with the tablet camera can be stored for free on Amazon’s cloud.
The new 2017 – 2018 Fire HD 8 tablet has gone up from 9.2 mm in thickness to 9.7 mm, while the weight has gone up from 341 grams to 369 grams. The color options have changed too, between black, marine blue, punch red, and canary yellow, with the new covers coming in matching colors.
In terms of other hardware, we can’t complain about the specs we get for just $79, since we get Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, a 12 hour battery life, a 0.3MP front camera, a 2MP rear camera, and dual-band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi cover. And this is in a tablet with high build quality too.
The Fire tablets works both ways. It’s possible to buy them without using the Amazon ecosystem much, if web browsing, emails, social media use, and video chats are the main uses, but of course, when used together with all the included Amazon services, from the Alexa voice assistant, to all the content, services, and features, with and without the Fire OS, it opens up a whole new world.
– Tom Bowen