Amazon's 'all-new' Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition look identical to their predecessors

Amazon's 'all-new' Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition look identical to their predecessors
After refreshing its kid-friendly 10-inch HD tablet a couple of months back, Amazon is today taking the wraps off two “all-new” 8-inchers with hands-free Alexa support. The 2018 Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition variants are not very different from their forerunners, packing the same quad-core 1.3 GHz processors and 1.5GB RAM.

One of the most obvious upgrades is a 2MP front-facing camera that replaces the rather terrible VGA secondary shooter on the previous generation. You still get a 2MP “primary” cam on the back of the two all-new Fire HD 8 models, as well as “vibrant” 1280 x 800 screen resolution.

Alexa is now “always-ready” on the standard Fire HD 8, constantly waiting to be summoned to control video playback, stream music, read you an Audible book, or launch an app without requiring you to ever use your hands.


This will naturally take a toll on battery life, now estimated at “up to 10 hours of mixed use”, with a new Show Mode basically allowing you to turn your inexpensive tablet into an Echo Show smart speaker with “full screen visual responses optimized to be glanceable whether up close or across the room.”

Billed as twice as durable as Apple’s iPad mini 4 based on tumble test measurements, the latest Fire HD 8 also comes with dual Dolby Atmos-enhanced stereo speakers, dual-band Wi-Fi support, a microSD card slot, and 16 or 32GB internal storage space. Up for pre-order now starting at a measly $79.99, the tablet is set to begin shipping on October 4, just like the slightly costlier new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition.


That “kid-proof” model fetches $129.99 in a single 32GB configuration, including a colorful protective case at no extra charge, as well as FreeTime Unlimited access for a year, and a 24-month worry-free guarantee that means Amazon will replace the slate if your children break it, no questions asked. 

Otherwise, the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is pretty much identical to the regular version, offering the same 10 hours of battery life, stereo sound experience, and expandable storage. Of course, there’s also plenty of pre-loaded educational content and “award-winning” parental controls.

sources: Amazon PR (1), (2)

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9 Comments

1. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Garbage!

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1511; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

At less than 1/4 the cost of the cheapest iPad what do you expect?

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1511; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

At less than 1/4 the cost of the cheapest iPad what do you expect?

2. torr310

Posts: 1614; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Amazon needs to have something for mid-ranges or even mid to high ends. All they have are for low-ends.

3. perry1234

Posts: 623; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

They tried that with phones and failed miserably...why do you think they would succeed in tablets with so much competition?

7. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 907; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

So much competition? Its only Apple. Android tablets are non existent.

8. perry1234

Posts: 623; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

That might be true probably in US. Where I stay, there are Android tablets all around (old ones, but still around), because Apple products are prohibitively expensive (cost way more than US when converted to USD). They are not completely non existent, but are rare compared to Android tablets and huge phablets used as tablets. And oh yeah, the tablets don't compete only with tablets. There are chrome-books and really good Windows ultrabooks too that provide a very stiff competition to the tablets. Another thing to consider is that unlike device manufacturers, Amazon does deal primarily with devices. Their key agenda is market penetration and data collection like shopping habits etc. Processing power does not matter at the user end. They probably have a powerfult smartphone to do the heavy lifting. Raw power also does not really matter when you want an inexpensive media consumption device or something that you can give to your kids knowing that your worst possible loss is limited to under $100. If I could, I would buy this tablet in an instant. I like tech and what is the worst that could happen ? I don't like it ? I will just pass it on to someone else (freely), or root and mod it to remove its limitations.

4. DFranch

Posts: 505; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Amazon is more interested in tablets to get you into their ecosystem. Why do you think they are pushing the kid friendly devices?

9. kennybenny

Posts: 192; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Probably to turn the kids into future Amazon Prime subscribers??/

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