What you need to know
- Amazon has launched its new Fire HD 8 tablet series for 2022.
- The Fire HD 8 Plus features 3GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera, faster USB-C charging, and wireless charging with a dock.
- The Fire HD 8 Kids Pro includes a generic Amazon Kids+, while the HD 8 Kids is available in the Disney Design bundle.
- Prices for the new tablets range from $99 to $160, with pre-orders starting now.
Amazon hasn’t updated its Fire HD 8 tablets in some time, but right on the heels New Kindle launchedThe company offers the latest Fire HD models. Although it might not look very different from the outside, Amazon is bringing some nice changes to the Fire HD 8 series that might be worth a look.
According to Amazon, the Fire HD 8 and its Plus counterpart are 30% faster than their predecessors, offering up to 13 hours of battery life, an hour more than their predecessors. Amazon also uses 100% recyclable materials to package the devices, at least in the US
Like the Fire HD 8 Plus (2020)Amazon has fitted the Plus with more RAM (though it’s still only 3GB), faster charging (though only 9W), and wireless charging. However, if the new tablet is anything like its predecessor, these features may not seem so important to users looking for entertainment or productivity, which is what Amazon is targeting new tablets.
One place the Fire HD 8 Plus gets better is in the camera, which is now a 5MP upgrader. It won’t win any blind camera tests, but no one really uses their tablets to take pictures (and if you are, shame on you). Amazon also boasts that the latest Fire HD 8 tablets are thinner, lighter and more durable thanks to the aluminum silicate glass reinforced on the screen.
For kids, Amazon has the new Fire HD 8 Kids and Kids Pro, which is the company’s follow-up to some of its The best tablets for kids Around. Both devices have colorful bumper cases, with the standard Fire HD 8 Kids receiving a new Disney Design bundle for cases featuring Mickey Mouse from Disney Princesses.
Both tablets offer free Amazon Kids+ for a year to access thousands of ad-free, kid-friendly content. There are also parental controls and a two-year worry-free warranty on both devices, giving parents extra peace of mind.
Amazon Fire tablets also come with Tap to Alexa, an accessibility feature that allows users with speech disabilities to interact with Alexa through touch.
Children’s tablets start at $150, and non-kids tablets start at just $99. All variants come in 32GB or 64GB storage sizes, with several colors for the Fire HD 8/Plus and different cases for the Fire HD 8 Kids/Pro. Additional accessory cases are also available for the HD 8 / Plus for an additional $30. Tablets ship in October.