Amazon has just refreshed its Fire HD 8 tablet, as it typically does around this time of the year. It looks a lot like the previous model, and it also carries the same price tag. It's going to be $79.99 for the 16GB model, with the 32GB model going for $109. And if you want the tablet without special offers, you can add $15 to those prices. Amazon does keep hands-free Alexa here on this tablet, allowing you to really use it like an Echo and ask Alexa to do different things and even find you something to watch. And of course, with Show Mode now available on Amazon's Fire tablets, you can really turn this into an Echo Show with a larger display and better resolution display.
Internally, the specs are relatively the same as the other Fire tablets available. With an 8-inch, 1280×800 resolution display here, powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz processor (the processor is unnamed, but likely a MediaTek chipset like the recent crop of Fire tablets is using). There is also 1.5GB of RAM included here, along with 16GB or 32GB of storage as already mentioned. Amazon did keep the micro SD card slot here, allowing you to add more storage to your tablet – up to 400GB. This is great for those that do like to store content offline to view later on when you don't have access to internet. The Fire HD 8 is also more durable now, so that you can be pretty rough with this and not worry about breaking it. Additionally, Amazon has added Dolby Atmos audio here, so while the specs may seem pretty mid-range, you are going to get a pretty impressive audio experience here.
The Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet is available for pre-order today and will be shipping beginning on October 4. So it will be available in time for the holidays. The Fire HD 8 is going to make for a pretty good tablet to pick up this holiday season, especially if you are looking for an inexpensive tablet that you can use to consume media and even do some Kindle reading.