There is a newer model: Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) – specs, reviews, comparisons, more
On September 8, 2016, Amazon announced All-new Fire HD 8 tablet.
The prices start from $89.99 for the 16 GB version with ads. Shipping starts on September 21.
When Amazon is using “all-new” to introduce the new device, it usually means a couple of minor improvements in the same bezel.
It’s not the case of Amazon Fire HD 8 (2016). The tablet has similar dimensions and looks almost the same as its predecessor, but offers a couple of essential improvements – at the cost of other features.
What has improved? Compared to Fire HD 8 (2015), the new tablet has two times the internal memory. The cheaper version comes with 16 GB instead of 8 GB. There is also the 32 GB version on offer.
In reality, in a 16 GB Fire HD 8, some 11 GB of memory is available to the user. You can, however, expand the memory via microSD card. The 200 GB cards can be used, by 72 GB bigger than in a previous model.
It’s memory what Amazon considers the most sought-after feature. With the price dropping from $149.99 to $89.99 for the cheapest version, there had to be some savings elsewhere.
Let’s have a look. The rear facing camera in the 2016 Fire HD 8 is only 2 MP, compared to 5 MP in the 2015 model. On the other hand, why would I need the good camera in a tablet, if I already have one in my smartphone?
There are two more downgrades. The new model features the Quad-Core processor, but it’s 1.3 GHz, not 1.5 GHz. Also, the new device is thicker than its predecessor. Its depth is 0.4 in / 9.2 mm, compared to 7.7 mm of Amazon Fire HD 8 (2015).
Were you hoping for a better, crispier display? Well, not this time. To bring the price down, Amazon decided to keep the same 1280 × 800 px screen from the 2015 model. Already a year ago, the screen with this resolution, although qualifying as HD, was a standard of the past.
Two more features should be put on the side of benefits.
Battery life has increased. Opposite to 8 hours of a predecessor, we now can enjoy up to 12 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music. The Fire can be charged in up to 6 hours via the micro-USB power adapter.
The other good news is that Fire HD 8 (2016) is Alexa ready. The service will be available in the coming months.
Alexa is a cloud-based voice service that provides quick access to the entertainment you want, including music, games, audiobooks, and more. All you have to do is to press the home button and ask about what you want: check out weather, launch games, read audiobooks, or play music.
Concluding, if you are looking for a replacement, the 2016 Fire HD 8 is a good choice. If you are looking for an improvement, you should check out other 8-inch tablets.
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2016) – comparisons
Below, we’ve put together the most popular 8-inch tablets. Two generations of Fire HD 8 are presented side by side so that you could better see the differences.
As the comparison shows, Amazon is clearly heading towards the affordability. The new Fire is more than four times cheaper than Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 or iPad Mini 4.
Fire HD 8 vs. Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 vs. iPad Mini 4
|Feature||Fire HD 8 (2016)||Fire HD 8 (2015)||Galaxy Tab S2||iPad Mini 4|
|Resolution||1280 × 800||1280 × 800||2048 × 1536||2048 × 1536|
|Pixel density||189 ppi||189 ppi||320 ppi||324 ppi|
|Storage||16/32 GB||8/16 GB||32/64 GB||16/64/128 GB|
|microSD slot||Yes, up to 200 GB||Yes, up to 128 GB||Yes, up to 128 GB||No|
|Processor||Quad-Core 1.3 GHz||Quad-core up to 1.5 GHz||Quad-core 1.9 GHz + quad-core 1.3 GHz||Dual-core 1.5 GHz Typhoon|
|Cameras||Front: 0.3 MP
Rear: 2 MP
|Front: 0.3 MP
Rear: 5 MP
|Front: 2.1 MP
Rear: 8 MP
|Front: 1.2 MP
Rear: 8 MP
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2016) – pics
Here is a collection of pictures showing the latest 8-inch Fire from Amazon.
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2016) – full tech specs
Check out the full technical specifications of the 2016 Amazon Fire HD 8.
|Screen||8-inch high-definition touchscreen|
|Screen resolution||1280 × 800 px|
|Pixel density||189 ppi|
|Storage capacity||16 GB (11.1 GB available to user) or 32 GB (25.3 GB available to user) of internal storage.|
|microSD card||Yes, add up to 200 GB of additional storage for even more movies, TV shows, music, photos, personal videos, and apps.|
|RAM memory||1.5 GB|
|Processor||Quad-Core: 1.3 GHz|
|Battery life||Up to 12 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music.|
|Charge time||Fully charges in under 6 hours using the micro-USB power adapter included in the box|
|Weight||12.0 oz / 341 g|
|Dimensions||8.4 × 5.0 × 0.4 in / 214 × 128 × 9.2 mm|
|Wi-Fi||Single-antenna Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the dual-band 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication|
|Ports||USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to a PC/Macintosh computer, or to charge your device with the included power adapter; microSD slot for external storage|
|Accessibility features||Screen Reader, Explore by Touch, and Screen Magnifier, enabling access to the vast majority of Fire tablet features. Screen Reader features IVONA’s award-winning natural language text-to-speech voice. Also includes adjustable font sizes/color, and built-in Oxford dictionary.|
|Audio||3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker with Dolby Audio|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor|
|Supported formats||Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, M4V, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, MKV, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, 3GP, VP8 (WEBM)|
|Cameras||VGA Front-facing Camera. 2.0 MP rear-facing HD camera|
|Location services||Location-based services via Wi-Fi|
|Additional features||External volume controls, built-in Bluetooth with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, speakers, microphone, and LE accessories support|
|Warranty||90-day Limited Warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately.|
|In the box||Fire HD 8 tablet
USB 2.0 cable
5W power adapter
Quick Start Guide
|Release date||September 21, 2016|
|Prices||16 GB, with ads – $89.99
16 GB, without ads – $104.99
32 GB, with ads – $119.99
32 GB, without ads – $134.99
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2016) – product info
Here are the highlights from Amazon Fire HD 8 (2016) product page.
All-new Amazon Fire HD 8-inch tablet with HD Display and Wi-Fi
Fast and responsive
Enjoy your entertainment with a fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. Fire HD 8 now delivers faster performance thanks to a 50% increase in RAM over the previous model.
No more worrying about storage space
Now with 2x more internal storage, Fire HD 8 comes standard with 16 GB. Expand your tablet’s storage by up to 200 GB using a microSD card, and keep photos, movies, and compatible games and apps with you. Plus enjoy free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content and photos taken with your Fire tablet.
Stands up to everyday life
Amazon engineers Fire tablets to hold up against everyday life. As measured in tumble tests, Fire HD 8 is 2x more durable than iPad Mini 4 (and costs a lot less too).
Power when you need it
Now with up to 12 hours of mixed-use battery life, Fire HD 8 gives you the flexibility to go where the day takes you.
Ready for Alexa
Alexa provides quick access to the entertainment you want, including music, games, audiobooks, and more. You can also ask Alexa questions, check your calendar, get news, find sports scores, and even control your smart home. All you have to do is press and ask. Alexa will be available via a free over-the-air software update in the coming months.
Free apps with Amazon Underground
Fire tablet owners have access to a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over 2,000 apps, games, and even in-app items are actually free. Experience titles from top developers including Disney, Rovio Entertainment, Gameloft, Zeptolab, and Sega of America without ever having to pay for the app or in-app purchases.
All images via Amazon.
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