Amazon have just announced the new Fire HD 8 tablet for the 2018-2020 model year, and it replaces the old Fire HD 8 that was announced on May 17th last year. While the new Fire HD 8 takes orders already, the new Fire HD 8 release date isn’t before October 4th: www.amazon.com/firehd8
The price of the new Android based Fire OS tablet Fire HD 8 is still just $79 for a 16GB model or $109 for a 32GB model. Though with support for microSD cards all the way up to 400GB, the cheapest options is of course to go for the 16GB model and buy a cheap large microSD card instead.
The new Amazon Fire HD 8 features the hands-free Alexa personal digital assistant that even works when the tablet is in standby mode with the screen turned off. So using this tablet as a smart device controller is now more convenient than ever, and that’s why the tablet has been upgraded it seems.
What else is new? Well, it also features an upgrade to both a 2MP front camera and a 2MP rear camera, it has shed a little weight, from 369 gram last year to 363 gram this year, while it has maintained a thickness of 9.7mm.
The 8-inch screen features the same 1280 x 800 HD resolution, while it’s powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, along with 1.5GB of RAM.
For internet connectivity it has dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi cover, while the ports are the microSD card slot, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, and a micro-USB 2.0 port. The Fire HD 8 battery life is now 10 hours measured by what Amazon calls mixed use.
It also has Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, accelerometer, an ambient light sensor, and the tablet is available in the colors black, marine blue, punch red, and canary yellow.
Of course, the Fire tablets are so much about content, and the amount of available services, medias, apps, and features the Fire tablets can access is what makes them so attractive and easy to use by anyone. The new Fire HD 8 is now in the 8th generation of Fire tablets, so it’s no wonder either that Amazon have become so good at delivering content through their tablets by now.
– Tom Bowen