Amazon today announced the next generation of its Fire HD 8 tablet lineup, designed with the entire family in mind: the all-new Fire HD 8, Fire HD 8 Plus, and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition.
The new Fire HD 8 includes:
- An 8” 1280 x 800 high definition display with over one million pixels.
- New faster processor – Now 30% faster with a 2.0 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM
- Options for 32GB or 64GB of internal storage and support for up to 1TB of expandable storage via microSD. Plus, free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire tablets.
- Up to 12 hours of mixed-use battery life for browsing the web, watching videos, listening to music, and more.
- Comes with USB-C for easy charging in less than 5 hours.
- Introducing Game Mode – A distraction-free, optimized gaming experience that lets you focus on your game without interference from notifications.
- Access to millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle eBooks, magazines, apps, and games. Watch downloaded videos with Prime Video, Disney+, Netflix, Hulu (No Ads), or SHOWTIME subscriptions, and enjoy picture-in-picture videos with apps like Twitch and Red Bull TV.
- Download an app, such as Zoom, or ask Alexa to make a video call, to keep in touch with family and friends using your Fire HD 8.
- When connected to wifi, ask Alexa to Drop In on a friend or family member, play a song, start an Audible book, launch a trivia game, find your favorite movies, show your calendar, and more – using only your voice.
- Amazon-exclusive features – Enjoy favorites like For You, X-Ray, Family Library, Blue Shade, and more.
For $20 more, the new Fire HD 8 Plus adds:
- 3GB RAM, 50% more RAM than the Fire HD 8, and a 2.0 GHz quad-core processor.
- When bundled with a compatible wireless charging dock, seamlessly transition Fire HD 8 Plus from a portable tablet experience to a countertop smart display with hands-free Alexa access in Show Mode.
- Includes a 9W in-box adapter that charges your tablet in less than four hours.
- Six months of Kindle Unlimited– After six months, the Kindle Unlimited membership renews at the regular price of just $9.99 per month.
The new Fire HD 8 is available for pre-order today, starting at $89.99 at www.amazon.com/firehd8. For a limited time, it is available in a two-pack bundle for $159.99. Fire HD 8 is offered in White, Black, Twilight Blue, and Plum, and will begin shipping on June 3.
The Fire HD 8 Plus comes in a new Slate color, and can be pre-ordered today starting at $109.99 at www.amazon.com/firehd8plus. It begins shipping June 3. The Fire HD 8 Plus can also be purchased as a bundle with the new Made for Amazon Wireless Charging Dock by ANGREAT for $139.99.
Accessory Cases are available for both Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 8 Plus tablets in Twilight Blue, Charcoal Black, Sandstone White, and Plum for $29.99.
New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition
The new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition includes the Fire HD 8 tablet with an 8” HD display, 32GB of storage with up to 1TB of expandable storage via microSD, up to 12 hours of mixed-use battery life, and USB-C for reversible charging. It also comes bundled with a kid-proof case with a new adjustable stand in blue, pink, or purple, a two-year guarantee, and a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited—all for $139.99.
With Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, kids can enjoy over 20,000 age-appropriate books, Audible books, educational apps, games, and videos on their Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, including new and popular titles such as Pinkfong Baby Shark, Sonic Dash, Descendants Junior Novel, and Barbie Dreamtopia from brands like Smartstudy, PBS KIDS, SEGA, and Mattel. Kids can also enjoy over 2,000 Spanish language titles, like Pinkfong! Car Songs, Plaza Sesamo, National Geographic Readers: Los Tiburones (Sharks), and Los Sentidos de Los Insectos.
Within FreeTime, kids can discover over 1,500 educational titles organized by core curriculum and extracurricular topics, such as math, science, exercise, art, and virtual fieldtrips. In addition, for a limited time, families will also have access to additional premium content from HOMER and PBS Kids within FreeTime Unlimited. All of the FreeTime Unlimited content is kid-friendly and hand-selected by the Amazon FreeTime team with new titles added regularly.
Fire HD 8 Kids Edition comes with access to parental controls that encourage learning before play. With FreeTime, parents can manage their child’s FreeTime settings, such as the ability to set daily goals, age filters, and time limits for both weekdays and weekends. Parents can also use parental controls to choose what content kids can access and to add more content. These settings can be managed on the device or parents can visit the Parent Dashboard at parents.amazon.com to view daily activity reports and easily adjust their child’s FreeTime settings from any web browser, whether they’re on a mobile device or computer.
The new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is available for pre-order today, starting at $139.99 at www.amazon.com/firehd8kidsedition and will begin shipping on June 3.