Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018) tablet – full specs, comparisons, pics, more

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Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet released in 2018 - here is everything you wanted to know
Full tech specs, comparisons with other Fire models, pictures and animations – in this overview you will find everything about the newest Amazon Fire Hd 8 tablet, released in 2018
Compared to previous generation, the newest 8-inch Fire offers support for 400 GB microSD cards, 2 MP front camera, and hands-free Alexa.

On September 6, 2018, Amazon introduced the 8th-generation Fire tablet. It’s the 8-inch Amazon Fire HD 8, sporting the 1280 × 800 HD display, microSD card slot, and Quad-Core 1.3 GHz processor. The price is the same as previous generation: $79.99.

Most features of the new Fire are the same, including display, RAM, dimensions, color variants, or connectivity. What’s new is native support for hands-free Alexa, ability to handle 400 GB microSD cards, and a better front camera.

The new tablet is available for pre-order since September 6 and will start shipping on October 4, 2018. The status of the previous-generation Fire HD 8 tablet has been changed in the Amazon store to “currently unavailable.”

At the same time, Fire HD 8 (2018) Kids Edition was launched, with the price set at $129.99. The kid-friendly version of the tablet is available for pre-order as well, and you can get it in one of three color versions: Blue, Pink, or Yellow.

Users, who decide to order the Fire HD 8 before the official release date, can save $15, if they choose to pick up the tablet bundled with Show Mode Charging Dock. For a limited time, the Fire HD 8 + Charging Dock bundle costs $94.99 instead of $109.99.

Keep reading, and you will find a comparison table, pictures and animations, as well as full tech specs.

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Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018) – main improvements

The 8th generation Fire tablet released in 2018 is basically the same model as the one released in June 2017. The dimensions, display, processor, RAM, storage options, connectivity, and body colors are the same.

However, the improvements are more prominent than those offered in the 2017 release, so the price is kept at the same level.

Let’s look at the three major improvements.

1. Hands-free Alexa and Show Mode

The new Fire HD 8 comes with the software update that can turn the tablet into Echo Show smart speaker.

Before, to start Alexa voice assistant you had to press the home button. These times are over. If you enable hands-free Alexa in the tablet’s settings, you will be able to wake up and activate the voice assistant by simply saying “Alexa.”

In other words, you don’t need to take the Fire into your hands to command Alexa to do something. The number of commands is ever increasing. You can play an audiobook or pause the song. You can ask for the current weather or check out what’s in your calendar today.

But Alexa is not about voice answers any longer. With the introduction of Echo Show, Alexa became voice-activated assistant that can also give visual answers.

For instance, you can ask for the music lyrics, and Alexa will display it using Show Mode. Or you can ask Alexa to make a video call to your family. Or check the feed from the security camera.

2. Extend memory by up to 400 GB via microSD card

One of the biggest advantages of Amazon Fire tablets is the ability to expand the memory by using a microSD card. Thanks to that, you can load your tablet with tons of movies, songs or audiobooks for offline use.

The previous generation Fire HD 8 offered support for 256 GB microSD cards. The latest release can handle capable of storing up to 400 GB of data.

It, obviously, means an extra cost. So far, prices of 400 GB microSD cards rarely go below $200. Fortunately, the price of Sandisk Ultra 400GB Micro SDXC UHS-I Card was reduced from $249 to $152.

3. The 2 MP front camera

So far, front cameras were not the strongest part of Fire tablets. Previous generations of the 8-inch model were equipped with the front camera offering 0.3 Megapixel capture resolution. It translated into the 640 × 480-pixel image.

Things have been fixed now. The 2018 Fire HD 8 tablet offers 2 MP camera on the front. Taking a selfie will get you a photo of 1600 × 1200 pixels – enough to put in the digital collection of the best family pictures.

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018) – comparisons

Previously, we were comparing the newest Amazon models to other budget tablets, naming only Samsung Galaxy Tabs. However, for anyone who subscribed to Amazon Prime, or bought digital content on Amazon, the choice becomes limited to Amazon’s own devices.

Simply speaking, Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers and Echo smart speakers guarantee the easiest possible access to everything you’ve purchased or subscribed to on Amazon.

Therefore, for many users, the real question is whether to choose Kindle e-reader or Fire tablet, or which Fire model to purchase next.

In the table below, you will see Fire HD 8 released in 2018 compared to the previous-generation model. Plus, as a reference, you will see tech specs of the most affordable Fire 7 tablet.

As you see, the newest Fire HD 8 supports hands-free Alexa. The software update for Fire 7 which rolled out earlier this year, featured hands-free Alexa as well.

It has its price, though. While the internal memory of the 2018 and 2017 Fire HD 8 is the same, the latest generation offers approximately 1.5 GB less space for the user.

Let’s take a look at the 16 GB variant. In the Fire HD 8 (2018), there is 9.8 GB available to the user, versus 11.1 GB in the 2017 release. For the 32 GB variant, it’s 23.8 GB versus 25.3 GB.

The updated operating system includes Show Mode – the function that enables the Fire to activate Alexa without using your hands. A result: the tablet drains the battery faster. The battery life calculated for the 2018 model is approximately 10 hours of mixed usage, compared to 12 hours in the earlier model.

For users who like to watch movies or TV series, and want to download lots of them for offline viewing, increased capacity of the microSD card is a big advantage. 400 GB versus 256 GB means you can download 50% more movies. Users who listen to audiobooks or have large collections of family photos should also appreciate the memory increase.

Fire HD 8 (2018) vs. HD 8 (2017) vs. Fire 7 (2017)

Feature Fire HD 8 (2018) Fire HD 8 (2017) Fire 7 (2017)
Screen size 8-inch 8-inch 7-inch
Resolution 1280 × 800 px 1280 × 800 px 1024 × 600 px
Pixel density 189 ppi 189 ppi 171 ppi
Alexa Yes Yes Yes
Alexa hands-free Yes Yes Yes
Storage 16 GB
32 GB
16 GB
32 GB
8 GB
16 GB
RAM memory 1.5 GB 1.5 GB 1 GB
microSD slot Yes
up to 400 GB
Yes
up to 256 GB
Yes
up to 256 GB
Processor Quad-Core 1.3 GHz Quad-Core 1.3 GHz Quad-Core 1.3 GHz
Cameras Front: 2 MP
Rear: 2 MP
Front: 0.3 MP
Rear: 2 MP
Front: 0.3 MP
Rear: 2 MP
Weight 12.8 oz
363 g
13 oz
369 g
10.4 oz
295 g
Dimensions 8.4 × 5.0 × 0.4 in
214 × 128 × 9.7 mm
8.4 × 5.0 × 0.4 in
214 × 128 × 9.7 mm
7.6 × 4.5 × 0.4 in
192 × 115 × 9.6 mm
Prices from $79.99 $79.99 $49.99

The 2018 Fire HD 8 tablet in pictures

Take a look at the pictures and animations showing how well the newest 8-inch tablet is tailored to work with Alexa voice assistant.

The 8th-generation Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet 2018 comes with Alexa hands-free

When put to Show Mode Charging Dock Amazon Fire HD 8 2018 listens to your Alexa commands hands-free

The newest Fire HD 8 tablet released in 2018 - technical details

Amazon Fire HD 8 2018 is great for the entire family - the Kids Edition is also available

Amazon Fire HD 8 2018 comes in 4 boody colors - the same as previous generation

Amazon Fire HD 8 2018 lets you better control your smart home

The biggest improvement in the Fire HD 8 tablet released in 2018 is the support for hands-free Alexa

Fire HD 8 2018 tablet – full tech specs

Find below the full tech specs of the Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet released in 2018.

Screen 8-inch high-definition touchscreen with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and advanced polarizing filter
Screen resolution 1280 × 800 px
Pixel density 189 ppi
Storage capacity • 16 GB (9.8 GB available to user)
• 32 GB (23.8 GB available to user)
microSD card Yes, add up to 400 GB of additional storage
RAM memory 1.5 GB
Processor Quad-Core 1.3 GHz
Body colors • Black
• Canary Yellow
• Marine Blue
• Punch Red
Battery life Up to 10 hours of mixed usage: 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 12.8 oz / 363 g
Dimensions 8.4 × 5.0 × 0.4 in / 214 × 128 × 9.7 mm
Cameras • front: 2.0 MP camera
• rear: 2.0 MP HD camera
Wi-Fi Single-antenna dual-band Wi-Fi; 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security
4G No
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
Audio • 3.5 mm stereo jack
• integrated dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos audio
Bluetooth Yes; with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, speakers, microphone
Blue Shade blue light control Yes; the feature automatically adjusts and optimizes the backlight for a more comfortable nighttime reading experience
Alexa Yes; the personal assistant provides quick access to the entertainment you want, including music, games, audiobooks, and more
Alexa hands-free Yes
Show Mode Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor
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
Supported formats Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, 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)
Location services Location-based services via Wi-Fi
Original case covers Yes; sold separately. Five colors to choose from: Charcoal Black, Marine Blue, Canary Yellow, Cobalt Purple, Punch Red
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
Amazon Fire generation 8th generation
Launch dates • announcement – September 6, 2018
• pre-orders – September 6, 2018
• release – October 4, 2018
Prices • 16 GB, with special offers – $79.99
• 16 GB, without special offers – $94.99
• 32 GB, with special offers – $109.99
• 32 GB, without special offers – $124.99

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018) – product info

And last, but not least, the list of the most important features of the newest Fire tablet.

Amazon Fire HD 8 2018 release - Black

Amazon Fire HD 8, with Alexa Hands-Free, 2018 release

16 GB / Black

Introducing Show Mode
Show Mode is a new, immersive hands-free Alexa experience for your Fire HD 8. It provides full-screen landscape visuals that complement voice responses from Alexa. Show Mode lets you ask Alexa to see trending news, make calls, check the weather, view camera feeds, and more – all glanceable whether you’re up close or across the room.

Everyday made easier
Alexa on Fire tablets helps make every day easier. Ask to set alarms and timers, check traffic, your calendar, to-do or shopping lists, and more. You can order millions of items with your voice, such as household and personal care products.

Voice control your smart home
Alexa works with compatible devices such as smart cameras, lights, switches, thermostats and cooking tools from Arlo, Philips Hue, TP-Link, GE Appliances, and more. Switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, change the temperature on your thermostat while reading in your chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie

No more worrying about storage space
With 2× more internal storage than Fire 7, Fire HD 8 comes standard with 16 GB. Expand your tablet’s storage by up to 400 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.

Vibrant HD display
Fire HD 8 features a 1280 × 800 high-definition display with over a million pixels (189 ppi) and a bright, vivid picture. Enjoy movies and games in a crisp, clear HD resolution, with less glare and more brightness thanks to a stunning IPS (in-plane-switching) LCD display.

Stands up to everyday life
Amazon engineers Fire tablets to hold up against everyday life. We put the Fire HD 8 through over 50 tests to replicate drops, tumbles, spills, and other everyday wear and tear. As measured in tumble tests, Fire HD 8 is twice as durable as the iPad mini 4 (and costs a lot less too).

⇢ Fire HD 8 2018

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