Amazon this month announced the next generation Fire HD 8, released on October 4. The new Fire HD 8 has up to 10 hours of mixed use battery life and an 8” HD display with over 1 million pixels, a quad-core processor, 16 GB of internal storage with support for up to 400 GB more, plus hands-free access to Alexa. Price of Amazon Fire HD 8 starts at $79.99 in the USA. In Europe Fire HD8 cost 89,99 euros.
With always-ready, hands-free access to Alexa on Fire HD 8, it’s now even easier to enjoy your favorite entertainment, says Amazon. When connected to Wi-Fi, users can ask Alexa to play a song, read aloud an Audible book, launch an app, or control video playback—simply by using voice, even when the screen is on standby. Users can even ask Alexa to video call a friend or family member, adjust the room temperature on your compatible smart home thermostat, or show your compatible smart home camera.
Fire HD 8 is also coming with Show Mode, an immersive hands-free Alexa experience that offers full-screen visual responses that are optimized to be glanceable whether up close or across the room. According to Amazon, users can ask Alexa to see trending news, weather, your calendar, movie trailers, and more in full-screen visuals that complement Alexa voice responses.
“Fire HD 10 customers love having easy, hands-free access with Alexa and we’re excited to bring that same experience to the all-new Fire HD 8. Just ask Alexa to turn on the lights, play a movie, or make a video call—even when the tablet screen is on standby. The Fire HD 8 features a beautiful HD display, a fast quad-core processor, all-day battery life, and more expandable storage, plus everything you love about Alexa, hands-free and still only $79.99.”Kevin Keith, Vice President, Amazon Devices
The new Fire HD 8 features
- 8” widescreen 1280 x 800 display;
- Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and 1.5 GB of RAM;
- Up to 10 hours
- 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage, plus support for up to 400 GB more via expandable storage. Now users can install apps to the microSD card;
- Alexa hands-free, using only your voice, even when the screen is on standby;
- Show Mode: a new hands-free experience for Fire tablets with full-screen visuals that complement voice responses from Alexa;
- Front- and rear-facing cameras: HD 720p front-facing camera. 2MP rear-facing camera;
- Fire HD 8 is 2x as durable as the iPad mini 4;
- Dolby Atmos Audio;
- Dual-band Wi-Fi support;