When the Amazon Fire HD 8 debuts on September 21, this inexpensive tablet will become this retailer’s new mid-size model, with more storage capacity and a longer battery life.
Amazon also announced that support for the Alexa voice service is coming to all its current Fire tablets, including the HD 8.
What’s New with the Fire HD 8
As its name implies, this tablet will have an 8-inch IPS display. The resolution will be 1280 x 800 pixels, giving it 189 ppi pixel density.
The Fire HD 8 is going to debut running Fire OS 5.3 Bellini, with an update to Fire OS 5.4 scheduled for release soon. These are both based on Android 5 Lollipop.
The device will be powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, with 1.5GB of RAM. Amazon will offer versions with 16GB and 32GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot will support up to 200GB more.
Other features include stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, plus a 2MP rear- and a VGA front-facing camera. Its maker claims up to 12 hours of battery life.
The highlight of the Amazon Echo smart speaker is Alexa, a cloud-based voice service that provides access to music, games, audiobooks, and more. This feature is also coming to some of Amazon’s Fire models, similar to the way Siri is built into the Apple iPad mini 4.
Pricing and Availability
When it debuts on Sept. 21, the 16GB version of the new Fire HD 8 will be $89.99, as long as the buyer is willing to accept that Amazon special offers will be built into the device. The 16GB version without these sells for $104.99.
The Fire HD 8 with 32GB of storage with special offers is $119.99, and without is $134.99.
Amazon is taking pre-orders now, in four different colors: black, blue, magenta, and tangerine.