Amazon bumps the Fire HD 8 specs and adds a Plus model with wireless charging
It’s been a while since Amazon released a new version of the Fire HD 8 tablet. This mid-size tablet is one of Amazon’s most popular models, but it’s going on 2-years old at this point. Today, Amazon announced an upgraded version of the Fire HD 8 and a brand new product in the series called the Fire HD 8 Plus.
First, let’s talk about the new Amazon Fire HD 8. The tablet has the same 8-inch 1280×800 display as its predecessor, but the other specifications have been bumped nearly across the board. The processor is a Quad-core 2.0GHz chip that is supposedly 30% faster. RAM and storage have been doubled to 2GB and 32/64GB. There is still a MicroSD card slot as well.
Amazon says the Fire HD 8 is estimated to get about 12 hours of battery life. The biggest update, however, may be the USB-C (2.0) port for charging. Amazon has finally upgraded from the old MicroUSB port, just like they did with the Fire HD 10 last year. All of these updated specs come with an updated price: the Fire HD 8 starts at $89.99, $10 more than the previous model.
Next up is an entirely new product in the Fire tablet series. The Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus brings even more spec upgrades and the Qi wireless charging. It has the same 8-inch display, storage options, and processor as the non-Plus model, but RAM is bumped up to 3GB and it has a faster 9W charger included in the box. You can get the Fire HD 8 Plus in a bundle with an Amazon wireless charging stand for $139.99. The tablet without the dock is $109.99.
Lastly, there’s a new Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition as well. It has the same hardware as the standard Fire HD model, but it comes with a durable “kid-proof” case with built-in kickstand, a 2-year extended replacement program, and a free year of Amazon FreeTime. Pre-orders for all three models are open today and will begin shipping on June 3rd.