The 8th generation Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet was announced on September 6, 2018.
Most of the features are the same as the previous model: the 1280 × 800 px HD display, Quad-Core 1.3 GHz processor, and two storage variants (16 and 32 GB).
There are, however, three improvements that some users were impatiently waiting for. First of all, the new tablet is capable of handling 400 GB microSD cards (it was 256 GB in the 7th generation Fire HD).
There is a better front camera. Now chances are much bigger you will recognize yourself on your selfie photos. Instead of the 0.3 MP camera (2017 release), you get 2 MP.
And finally, there is natively built-in hands-free Alexa that will let you use the Fire the same way as Echo Show smart speaker. You will not only hear Alexa’s answers but also see visual messages.
The Fire HD 8 tablet, released in 2018, has the same dimensions as the previous generation – see the table below.
Fire HD 8 dimensions ( height × width × depth )
|Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018) 8th generation||8.4 × 5.0 × 0.4||214 × 128 × 9.7|
|Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) 7th generation||8.4 × 5.0 × 0.4||214 × 128 × 9.7|
|Amazon Fire HD 8 (2016) 6th generation||8.4 × 5.0 × 0.4||214 × 128 × 9.2|
|Amazon Fire HD 8 (2015)||8.4 × 5.0 × 0.3||214 × 128 × 7.7|
What does it mean? It means you can use the old case cover for the new tablet without any problem.
In the list below, instead of listing all the most beautiful cases for the Fire HD 8, we focused on finding the best, newest, and most functional accessories that will turn your tablet into the ultimate entertainment machine.
Fire HD 8 tablet (2018) – best cases and accessories
Amazon Show Mode Charging Dock for Fire HD 8. This innovative accessory was introduced in summer 2018 and fits both the 8th generation (2018) and 7th generation (2017) Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet.
Show Mode Charging Dock combines three benefits: it charges your tablet, it turns it into a stand, it protects it like a case cover. When you put your Fire HD 8 into the dock, your tablet will start behaving like Echo Show, making the most of Alexa hands-free voice-activated assistant. You can make a video call, start an audiobook, or ask for news feed, to name just a few possibilities.
The Show Mode dock consists of two parts. One is a shell case you put on the tablet. The other one is a charging stand. When you place the case in the stand, it will automatically enable hands-free Alexa, and start charging the tablet. ⇢ Amazon – $39.99.
Infiland Amazon Fire HD 8 Tri-fold Stand Case. If you don’t want to invest in a rather expensive Show Mode dock, you can go for almost any case that can be used as a stand. Then, the only step to use the Fire HD 8 as an Echo is to enable hands-free Alexa manually via the Settings dropdown.
The tri-fold case from Infiland is lightweight, slim, and has everything you’d expect from this kind of design. It’s an Amazon Choice product for a long time and will fit both the 7th and 8th-generation Fire HD 8 tablet. ⇢ Amazon – $11.99.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Stand Case on eBay. When looking for Fire cases and accessories, it’s always good to check out other online stores and marketplaces, not only Amazon. For instance, on eBay, you can spot covers in colors and patterns that are not available anywhere else.
Take a look at this bright, vivid, and refreshing design of the tri-fold case stand case. In one eBay listing, you will see more than ten other colors. And look at the price! ⇢ eBay – $8.99.
Caseable designer case covers for Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018). If you want to be sure you’ll have a case nobody else has, make sure to visit Caseable. The site offers multiple designs for Fire tablets – not a few, not a few dozens, but hundreds!
You will love the graphics. The are created by most talented designers from around the world and curated by the Caseable team. What’s more, you will be able to personalize the visual you select.
On Caseable, you can browse designs in several categories, from abstract patterns, to cartoons, to fashion, to nature, to typography, to celebrities. ⇢ Caseable – €29.99.
BluCase White Linen Amazon Fire HD 8 Sleeve. Another great destination for unique, custom cases and sleeves for your newest Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet is Etsy. It’s the largest online marketplace with handmade and vintage items.
Just have a look at this beautiful sleeve made of natural washed linen, featuring a cozy design, and a large outer pocket for cables. The sleeve has a layer of 5 mm lightweight foam to protect the tablet from scratches, bumps, dirt, and grime.
BluCase offers ten more designs fitting Amazon Fire HD 8 – both the 7th and 8th generation. ⇢ Etsy – $14.90.
Narmont Amazon Fire HD 8 Leather Sleeve. On the other side of user’s expectations are minimalist but luxurious leather sleeves. They are expensive, and in case of such affordable devices as Fire tablets, these sleeves can cost even more than what’s inside.
The sleeve hand-crafted by Narmont and offered on Etsy, got our attention because it features a catchy stylish cube pattern that’s laser engraved in vegetable tanned full grain Italian leather.
The sleeve will age beautifully by developing patina. Edges are treated with leather balm and burnished to attain a smooth look. ⇢ Etsy – $53.99.
Dreamyth Shockproof Hybrid Heavy-duty Case for Amazon Fire HD 8 2018. Fire tablets are designed for heavy use, but if you want to give your HD 8 and extra protection, you enter the world of dedicated protective cases.
The case from Dreamyth is shockproof, but it doesn’t look heavy and is available in eight fashionable color combinations. It offers dual-layer protection. The inner rigid polycarbonate shell is strengthened by the outer silicone layer, giving advanced protection against drops, bumps, and scratches.
The case fits both the 2017 and 2018 model of Amazon Fire HD 8. ⇢ Amazon – $10.99.
NuPro Zipper Sleeve for Fire HD 8 Kids Edition. Many parents buy the special edition of the Fire tablet that’s designed for kids. The 2018 release of the Fire HD 8 comes with the Kids Edition, too.
If you want your kids to carry the tablet easily and safely, think about the clever zippered sleeve released by NuPro. It’s designed to fit the 8-inch Fire together with the protective bumper case.
Inside the bag, you will find a name tag and interior pockets for cables and essentials. There is also a large exterior compartment. The sleeve comes in two color combinations: Pink/Purple and Navy/Blue. ⇢ Amazon – $19.99.
Lamicall Car Headrest Tablet Holder. Here is something for kids on the move. Well, this time it’s for kids who are sitting in the back seat of your car.
From Lamicall comes a solid tablet holder that you can mount to the headrest of the front seat in the car. The handle can rotate 360 degrees so that your kids can adjust the display to achieve the best viewing position.
The Lamicall tablet mount holder was made of aluminum and ABS materials. It’s sturdy, odorless, and can fit even 10.5-inch tablets, so the Fire HD 8 released in 2018 will fit perfectly. ⇢ Amazon – $12.99.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Tempered Glass Screen Protector by Fintie. Are you one of those who can’t stand the view of a tiny scratch on the screen of their tablet? You’ve got no choice: you have to invest in a screen protector.
From Fintie comes an ultra-clear oleophobic screen protector that’s made of the tempered glass with 9H hardness level. It’s only 0.3mm thick, what helps maintain the original display sensitivity. And 99% light transmission ratio maintains original crisp colors and sharp view. ⇢ Amazon – $12.99.
SaharaCase Transparent Case and Screen Protector for Amazon Fire HD 8. Why buy the case and screen protector separately, if you can get them in a single protective kit?
Available on Best Buy, the SaharaCase bundle includes a transparent backshell and a ZeroDamage tempered glass screen shield. As a result, you get 360-degree protection from scratches. What’s more, the case features anti-slip side grips to prevent accidental drops.
The bundle is available in a few colors of the transparent case. The one you see above is Rose Gold. ⇢ Best Buy – $24.99.
Hercules Tuff USB Charging Dock. How many smartphones, tablets, and e-readers do you have at home? Amazon Fire HD 8 can run on a single charge for up to 10 hours, but if you or your family members use it heavily, you may need to recharge it every other day.
Instead of getting a charger for every device, think about the powerful charging station. Take a look at the one from Hercules Tuff. This multiport charging dock is compatible with every USB port device and can charge your Fire tablet, Kindle e-reader, smartwatch, activity band, or portable power bank.
Four 8″ micro USB cables are included. Available in black. ⇢ Amazon – $32.99.
Retractable USB Type C Cable – 2 Pack. If you need a charging cable but hate the cable mess, you were thinking about getting the retractable cable already.
The one from Cafele has a fashionable look, is 3.3 feet long, and can connect USB A to USB C. The cable offers high-speed data transmission and fast charging. It’s available in eight colors, including Rose Gold (seen above), and Red. Available in 2-packs. ⇢ Amazon – $12.99.
Sandisk Ultra 400GB Micro SDXC card. One of the biggest benefits of the 2018 Fire HD 8 tablet is the support for microSD cards that can store even 400 GB of data. In the previous models, the maximum size of the card was 256 GB.
This the new memory card, you will be able to download to your Fire roughly 50% more movies, audiobooks, songs, or photos. One of the best cards on the market, while still being very affordable, is Sandisk Ultra. It offers a read speed of 100 MB/s, and write speed of 10 MB/s. It will let you move over 1,000 photos in less than a minute.
The card is available in 8 capacity variants, ranging from 8 GB to 400 GB. The latter option costs $150, but if you decide to get the 256 GB variant, you will pay $73. ⇢ Amazon – from $11.99 to $152.
1byone Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard. A dedicated Amazon Fire HD 8 keyboard case has one disadvantage – it may not fit a newer-generation tablet. Therefore, a universal keyboard that can connect via Bluetooth to any of your tablets and phones (current and future) is a much reasonable choice.
And there is the next question: do I need a full-size keyboard? Most people will answer: yes. But a full-size keyboard will be bigger than the tablet it’s designed to work with. Unless it’s foldable.
There are several foldable keyboards on the market. We’ve picked the one from 1byone, because it’s ultra-slim and lightweight, made of aluminum, and it fits into a pocket when it’s folded.
The keyboard is easy to use and features a QWERTY layout with hotkeys. With a built-in 210 mAh rechargeable lithium battery, it works for 64 hours of continuous use or 114 days in standby mode. ⇢ Amazon – $32.99.
Wan Living Natural Series Tablet Pillow Stand. When you use the tablet on a sofa, for instance, to watch movies, it may turn out the stand case is not stable enough.
For sofa surfers, a much better option is a tablet pillow stand. It’s cozy and comfortable. The one offered by Wan Living is also natural, as it’s made of 24-oz cotton canvas fabric. The stand is stitched using extra-strong seams and is filled with plastic HDPE beads that conform to your device and will not mold.
Wan Living tablet pillow stand is available in six colors, including Natural White (shown above), Dolphin Gray, and Sapphire Blue. ⇢ Amazon – $16.90.
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Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018) cases & accessories – where to buy?
Do you want to see more cases and sleeves for your new Fire HD 8? Amazon is a major source of accessories for their own devices, but it’s not the only web destination where you can get premium and unique items at affordable prices:
Amazon – You’ve searched the site already, right? We advise to do it again – and search all departments, not only the section with Kindle and Fire accessories. Thousands of results will appear, many with a high number of positive reviews.
eBay – a proven place to shop for affordable cases. The number of available designs and colors is smaller, but the cases can be bought at lower – sometimes much lower – prices.
Rakuten – formerly Buy.com, the site is one of the largest online stores. The sellers are different than on Amazon or eBay, so if you haven’t found the perfect case on these two sites, give Rakuten a try.
Etsy – this is our favorite marketplace for custom items, hand-crafted to order. You won’t find here, for instance, the heavy-duty case tailored for Kindle Fire HD 8, but will be amazed to discover tons of unique, colorful sleeves that will suit different tastes and needs.
Best Buy – at Best Buy you can find only a few dozens of cases and accessories tailored for the newest Amazon Fire HD 8, but from time to time they get cheaper than on Amazon.
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Amazon Fire HD 8, 8th generation, 2018 release
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).
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