Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Amazon Fire HD 8 and Kids Edition released for 2018

Amazon Fire HD 8 and Kids Edition released for 2018

Amazon Canada today announced the next generation Fire HD 8 tablet.

It's the same on the Fire HD 8.

The new model adds support for hands-free Alexa even when the tablet isn't plugged in, unlike last year's model.

In terms of specs, the Fire HD 8 offers an 8-inch screen with 1280 x 800p resolution. "The Fire HD 8 features a handsome HD display, a fast quad-core processor, all-day battery life, and more expandable storage for downloading books, movies, games, TV shows, and apps to enjoy-and still only $99.99".

The tablet launches on 4 October 2018. Under the hood, the tablet is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor clubbed with 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB (9.8GB available to user) or 32GB (23.8GB available to user) of onboard storage, you can also expand the memory up to 400GB via microSD card.

Two hours of battery life is a pretty big tradeoff for something that millions of devices can already do, but 10 hours should still be enough for screen-happy kids to get through the day. For a limited time, you can get the 2018 Fire HD 8 bundled with the Show Mode Charging Dock for $94.99.

Amazon continues to offer two further variants of the Fire HD 8: versions with and without "Special Offers". You can also install apps to microSD cards if the built-in 16GB or 32GB of storage won't cut it.

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Both tablets will begin shipping October 4.

Add the Show Mode Charging Dock (this will be £39.99 when it launches as a standalone but now is a bundle option with the HD8 only, taking the price to £109.98).

Front- and rear-facing cameras-Video chat with friends and family with the HD 720p front-facing camera and take photos with the 2MP rear-facing camera.

Something new is the Show Mode Charging Dock (see below for details). Indeed, the refreshed model lets users tap into the Alexa smarts without having to first wake up the tablet. You can now ask Alexa to play a song on the tablet, pause a movie, video call someone and more using just your voice even when the screen is on standby.

In a related announcement, meanwhile, Amazon also announced a Kids Edition of the Fire HD 8 today, with a bundle that includes different brightly colored bumpers and a two-year guarantee. Bundled together, the tablet and the dock carry an introductory discount, together priced from Dollars 94.99.

The dock requires you to add a slim case to tablet so that when docked it can charge via induction.

The service will also be now available in Spanish, the first non-English language Amazon has offered.

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