Amazon has announced updated versions of the Fire HD 8 family of branded tablets, namely the new Fire HD 8, Fire HD 8 Plus, Fire HD 8 Kids and Fire HD 8 Kids Pro models. New products have become thinner, lighter and faster. The sale starts next month.
According to Amazon, the Fire HD 8 is 30% faster than the previous version. The battery life is 13 hours, an hour more than its predecessor. The device’s battery is charged via the USB-C port. It takes five hours to fully charge the battery. Amazon also claims that the Fire HD 8 is twice as strong as the iPad Mini in drop tests.
All tablets of the Fire HD 8 series received an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels, as well as a nameless six-core processor with a frequency of up to 2 GHz. The basic version of the tablet has 2 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of flash memory. There is also a slot for memory cards up to 1 TB. The specifications also include front and rear cameras with a resolution of 2 megapixels and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The Fire HD 8 Plus tablet fully charges in three hours and has 3GB of RAM. Flash memory here is also 32 or 64 GB, and there is also a microSD slot for cards up to 1 TB. In addition, Fire HD 8 Plus supports wireless charging and is equipped with 2-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras.
The Fire HD 8 Kids and Fire HD 8 Kids Pro models are basically just a regular Fire HD 8 with an included light-colored protective case that protects against drops. Amazon also backs these tablets with an extended two-year warranty. So if kids damage it, the company promises to replace the device for free. The Kids model is aimed at younger age groups (3-7 years), has no app store and comes with a thicker case. The Kids Pro model for ages 6-12 has an App Store with parental controls and a slimmer body.
Tablets for kids also come with a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which provides access to books, apps, and games. By paying $10, the user gets access to Disney content. There are also parental controls, including ones that allow you to limit the time your child can spend on the tablet.
Amazon also said Fire tablets will have a tap-to-Alexa feature, allowing you to use Alexa with a tap instead of your voice. This feature is useful for users with speech disabilities.
Amazon Fire HD 8 is $99, Fire HD 8 Plus is $119, Fire HD 8 Kids and Fire HD 8 Kids Pro are $149.