Amazon is today announcing a quartet of new 8-inch Fire tablets led by the Fire HD 8, which the company claims is 30% faster than its 2020 predecessor. Its starting price is also $10 more expensive at 99, $99 this time around. Along with the Fire HD 8, the e-commerce giant is also announcing the new Fire HD 8 Plus, Fire HD 8 Kids and Fire HD 8 Kids Pro tablets. They’re all available for pre-order today for $10 more than before and will ship next month.
Other than the speed boost, with the new Fire HD 8 being powered by an unspecified six-core processor rather than quad-core this time around, the new tablet’s specs are very similar to the 2020 model. (Amusingly, Amazon too said its 2020 model was 30% faster than his predecessor.) RAM still sits at 2GB, storage options include 32 and 64GB with the ability to expand that with a microSD card up to 1TB, and the tablet continues to charge via USB-C ( although battery life is now rated at 13 rather more than 12 hours).
Upgrading to the $119.99 Fire HD 8 Plus model gets you an extra gigabyte of RAM for a total of 3GB and an “upgraded” 5-megapixel rear camera. It also offers better charging options with support for wireless charging or via an included 9W wired charger (the standard Fire HD 8 comes with a 5W charger). Storage options are the same, with a choice of 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage.
Finally, there are the children’s versions, the Fire HD 8 Kids and Fire HD 8 Kids Pro. Both start at $149.99, but are aimed at different age groups; 3-7 years old for regular Kids and 6-12 years old for Kids Pro. Both include a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids Plus, which offers ad-free access to games, videos, books and educational content, as well as a child-friendly case and a two-year warranty. The difference is that the Kids Pro tablet has access to a digital store where e-books and apps are available for purchase (although Amazon’s press release says the tablet’s parental controls mean kids will have to ask permission to make purchases).
In addition to the standard kids’ models, Amazon also has Disney Design Packs available with Mickey Mouse and Disney Princess themed cases available for $159.99. Cases for non-kids Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 8 Plus are also available for $29.99.