Amazon Fire series is a pretty popular series of tablets due to their attractive prices. Two years ago, Amazon announced Fire HD 8 series tablets which were also a big success. Today, Amazon announced a new series of Fire HD tablets with few hardware improvements. There are a total of three tablets Fire HD 8, Fire HD 8 Plus, Fire HD 8 Kids Edition.
Here’s what Amazon has to say about the upcoming tablets:
“The new Fire HD 8 tablets offer the features that everyone in the family wants—great content, more storage, longer battery life—at a price that is incredibly affordable,” said Amazon vice president Kevin Keith said in a prepared statement. “We’ve made the all-new Fire HD 8 even better with faster performance, 32GB of internal storage, up to 12 hours of battery life, and easier charging with USB-C—all for only $89.99. For only $20 more, the Fire HD 8 Plus packs even more power with 50% more RAM, hassle-free wireless charging, and six months of Kindle Unlimited included. With access to millions of movies, TV shows, books, songs, magazines, Alexa, and more—Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 8 Plus are the perfect tablets for entertainment.”
The design of the tablets is pretty familiar but feels like a nice upgrade over previous designs. The Fire HD 8 and the Plus model looks identical. However, Fire HD Kids Edition has a rigid enclosure for protection against drops and scratches. The corners are much rounded this time with subtle color choices unlike the previous generation of Fire HD tablets.
Speaking of cases, Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 8 Plus will be compatible with either of them will be available in Twilight Blue, Charcoal Black, Sandstone White, and Plum for $30 each. The Fire HD 8 Plus also supports Qi Wireless Charging, so the Wireless Charging Dock can also be had for an additional $30. However, The new Kids Edition Fire HD 8 pre-applied cases will come with an adjustable stand that is available in the flavors of Blue, Pink, or Purple.
These are the overview specifications of the tablets
|Specifications||Amazon Fire HD 8(2020)||Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus(2020)||Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition(2020)|
|Dimensions and Weight||202 x 137 x 9.7mm (355g)||202 x 137 x 9.7mm (355g)||233 mm x 184 mm x 26 mm (550g)|
|Display||1280 x 800, 189 ppi||1280 x 800, 189 ppi||1280 x 800, 189 ppi|
|Processor||Quad-core 2.0 GHz||Quad-core 2.0 GHz||Quad-core 2.0 GHz|
|Storage||32GB/64GB (Expandable up to 1TB)||32GB/64GB (Expandable up to 1TB)||32GB (Expandable up to 1TB)|
|Cameras||2 MP front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing HD camera||2 MP front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing HD camera||2 MP front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing HD camera|
|Battery||Up to 12 hours (Takes 5hr to charge with provided adapter)||Up to 12 hours (Takes 4hr to charge with provided adapter)||Up to 12 hours (Takes 4hr to charge with provided adapter)|
|Colors||White, Black, Twilight Blue, and Plum||Slate||White, Blue, Purple|
|Additional Highlights||USB-C (2.0) , Dual Speakers, Dolby Atmos, Dual Band Wifi, 5-Watt adapter included.||USB-C (2.0) , Dual Speakers, Dolby Atmos, Dual Band Wifi, Wireless charging, 9-Watt adapter included, and 6 months of Kindle Unlimited.||USB-C (2.0) , Dual Speakers, Dolby Atmos, Dual Band Wifi, Wireless charging, 5-Watt adapter included , and 1 Year of Kindle Unlimited.|
*According to Amazon, the CPU is claimed to be up to 30% faster. However, the name and information of the chipset have not revealed yet.
The Fire HD 8/ Fire HD 8 Plus and the Fire HD Kid Edition tablets are available in the following colors:
Fire HD 8 has a 10$ price bump over last generation. These are all the release prices of the tablets:
The Fire HD 8/ Fire HD 8 Plus and the Fire HD Kid Edition tablets are already available on Amazon for Preorders. It will start shipping by June 3rd.
As we all are aware, the tablet market is already sort of in an extinction state from the Android side with iPads dominating the market by a big margin. Alternatively, the Amazon Fire HD series is a big success due to its amazing value for the money offerings.
Although, specifications are nicely bumped over the last generation. But, we feel like they can really benefit from a nicer screen with specifically higher resolution and faster charging speeds. In short, it has a nice bump over the last generation of Fire HD 8 series and feels like a steal deal even with a slight price bump.