Fire HD 8 (and in general the Amazon Fire series) can easily pass as the best tablet on the market for input range for its characteristics / price ratio. Amazon has announced an update of the 2018 model in three versions and it is still as attractive as usual.
After updating the basic Fire 7 model and the larger Fire HD 10, Amazon has renewed the intermediate model. The Fire HD 8 maintains the size of its multi-touch screen in 8 inches, and its native resolution. One of the novelties comes from the new processor 2.0 GHz Quad Core ARM, which according to Amazon improves performance 30% over its predecessor.
The amount of installed RAM has also increased from 1.5 to 2 Gbytes and the option to choose between 32 and 64 Gbytes of internal storage, expandable with microSD cards. Another improvement comes from increased autonomy, up to 12 hours according to the manufacturer through a USB Type-C port, which is also used for data. The main features are topped off with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, dual camera and stereo speakers.
Amazon Fire HD 8, specifications
8-inch screen with 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution
2GHz Quad Core ARM CPU
2 GB of RAM
32 – 64 GB of internal storage (plus 1 TB micro SD)
Connectivity: Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C
Dual 2 megapixel camera. Stereo speakers
12 hours of autonomy.
Dimensions: 202 x 137 x 9.7 mm – 355 grams of weight
Amazon pre-installs its Android-derived Fire OS, and offers the tablet in various color finishes. It is already available to reserve in some regions, with delivery from June 3 and a price of $ 89. And if you want a package with two tablets, you can get it for $ 159.
Amazon also sells a new line of cases for $ 30 and gives away the Kindle Unlimited service for the first six months after purchase. We will have to prove it, but it is the great rival to beat in basic tablets.
Fire HD 8 Plus
Amazon sells a second version of its new tablet with the same screen, chipset, dimensions and connectivity as the base version, except for an increase in memory to 3 Gbytes of RAM and support for wireless charging. Its price is $ 109. If you want it with the wireless charger, it is sold separately, along with the tablet for $ 139.
Fire HD 8 Kids Edition
The third version is intended for the little ones in the house and is basically the same HD 8 model, except that it is offered with a one-year subscription to the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited service. It also features a rugged case shell and a 2-year warranty with no limitations, meaning Amazon will replace a damaged tablet at no charge upon any breakage.
It has a price of $ 139 and like the rest, it is available to book on Amazon.com with delivery from June 3. It has shipping outside the United States although we assume that they will be available on Amazon Spain shortly.