14 May 2020
Amazon has announced a new Fire HD 8 tablet which is basically an upgrade over its predecessor. The all-new Fire HD 8 tablet brings full hands-free access to Alexa and this is the main addition this year. This means even if the tablet’s screen is standby, you can ask Alexa about the weather, command it to start playing songs, read an Audible book, answer a question, show your calendar, control your smart home, and more. The new model offers many of the same hardware specifications as last year’s model.
The hands-free Alexa support is coming to the Fire HD 8 tablets for the first time. In contrast, the Fire HD 10 tablet was already having it.
The new 2018 Fire HD 8 tablet features an 8-inch display with 1280x800 pixels resolution. It’s powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processor with either 16GB or 32GB storage. It comes with an all-day battery life. It has 720p HD front-facing camera and 2MP rear camera. It has dual-band Wi-Fi support for video streaming.
Also, full-screen visuals complement voice responses from Alexa with the help of Show Mode feature. Show Mode lets you ask Alexa to see trending news, weather, movies trailers, camera feeds, and more.
Along with the Fire HD 8 tablet, Amazon also launched the Fire Kids tablet which features the same display and specifications as the Fire HD 8 tablet but has a kid-friendly software. There are multiple customizable profiles, up to two for adults and up to four for kids.
The Kids Edition Fire HD 8 tablet is $30 more expensive than its predecessor. It includes a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited which gives access to over 20,000 books, videos, apps, and games. One can set time limits, bedtimes, age filters, and the content that kids can see. The tablet comes with many parental controls so as to offer a better experience for the kids.
The all-new Fire HD 8 comes in four color options: Black,