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Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet (2018) Launched for $80, Works Hands-Free with Alexa



Amazon has launched a new tablet under its Fire HD 8-lineup. The all-new Fire HD 8 (2018) is the successor to last year’s Fire HD 8 (2017). It comes in Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, and Canary Yellow color options. While the both the Fire HD 8 tablets look exactly similar, the color of the hardware buttons on the 2018 variant now matches with the body. On the front is an 8-inch IPS display with HD (1280 × 800 pixels) resolution.

Just like its successor, the new 2018 variant also comes powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. While there is 1.5GB of RAM, the Fire HD 8 will be available in 16GB and 32GB storage options. Now, the users can also expand the storage further up to 400GB using the dedicated MicroSD card slot. The new Fire HD 8 (2018) will be shipping with the new Fire OS 6 which is still based on Android Nougat.

The front camera on this tablet is now upgraded from VGA to a 2MP sensor. However, the company is still offering the 2MP camera on the rear of this tablet. It measures 214 x 128 x 9.7 mm and weighs 363 grams. Connectivity options include
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. While the 2017 Fire HD 8 is rated to five 12 hours of battery life, the 2018 variant is mentioned to last only up to 10 hours.

It might be due to the new Show Mode feature, with which you can turn the 2018 Fire HD 8 tablet into an alternative to the Alexa Show.  Even with the screen off, you ask Alexa to play/pause videos or music, open apps, show sports scores, and more. You can also make video calls to family and friends who also own a Fire tablet or any Echo device. The Fire HD 8 (2018) also sports stereo speakers with Dolby Audio support.

Coming to the pricing, the Fire HD 8 (2018) costs $80 for 16GB storage variant and $110 for the 32GB storage variant. It is currently available to pre-order and shipping will begin on October 4th. Stay tuned on PhoneRadar for more details!


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