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Amazon’s ‘all new’ Fire HD 8 tablets are (a little) faster, thinner, lighter and more expensive

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Hot on the heels of a very interesting new budget-friendly Kindle e-reader, Amazon is taking the wraps off a whopping today four enhanced Fire tablets… in one size. Sorry entry-level Fire 7 fans and jumbo-sized Fire HD 10 fans, the e-commerce giant’s Android-based middle child is the only one now getting a sequel after a previous 10th generation release in 2020.

The 12th-generation Fire HD 8, simply dubbed the “all-new” Fire HD 8 by the manufacturer, can be pre-ordered today starting at $99.99 with a familiar yet subtly refined design, a few moderate internal upgrades, and an actual October 19. release date linked to the somewhat confusing name.

What’s different, what’s the same?

First (and important to Amazon’s target audience), longtime Fire watchers will probably notice right away that this year’s “standard” 8-incher is $10 more expensive than its 2020 predecessor. Unfortunately, the same is true for the latest generations of Fire HD 8. Plus, Fire HD 8 Kids and Fire HD 8 Kids Pro, all of which seem to have been negatively impacted by the rampant rise in inflation over the past year.

To justify that increase, the 2022 Fire HD 8 promises to deliver 30 percent more raw power compared to its quad-core two-year-old predecessor, a performance boost made possible by the adoption of an unspecified hexa-core processor clocked up to 2.0 GHz speeds.

If speed is what you’re most interested in, you should know that the $120 and up “all-new” Fire HD 8 Plus supports significantly faster (wired) charging than its non-Plus sibling, while also packing an extra gig of RAM. offers (for a total of three), wireless charging options and “sharper” snapshots with a 5MP rear camera in tow.

Unfortunately, that means the Fire HD 8 still comes with a hair-raising 2MP shooter on its back (and a 2MP selfie snapper) while lasting “up to” 13 hours on a single charge, giving slightly better battery life. is then that of the previous generation Fire HD 8 and even the current generation Fire HD 10.

Compared to the Fire HD 10, the display is of course still quite modest, with an unchanged resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, but compared to the 10th generation Fire HD 8, this 12th generation model is at least a tad thinner and lighter, with respectively 9.6 mm and 337 grams (less than 9.7 mm and 355 grams). All in all, this isn’t a radical upgrade by any means, but the (apparent) value for money remains virtually unmatched in today’s otherwise incredibly competitive tablet market.

New kid-friendly cases and the same worry-free warranty

Yes, the $149.99 Fire HD 8 Kids and Fire HD 8 Kids Pro are both covered against any damage for two years, and no, you still don’t have to pay anything extra for a convenient 1-year Amazon Kids+ subscription with a variety of carefully curated and age-appropriate content included.

What you might want to shell out another $10 for is the “all new” Disney Design bundle, consisting of your kid-centric slate of choice and a rugged and eye-catching Mickey Mouse or Disney Princess case.

Of course, the base price also includes a “child-resistant” cover, with your Pro options ranging from Cyber ​​Blue to Hello Teal to Rainbow Universe flavors and the non-Pro Fire HD 8 Kids tablet available in playful blue and purple colors.

As before, the Pro version is designed for slightly older children (aged 6 to 12), with non-Pro models considered more suitable for children aged 3 to 7. That said, the specs are of course identical for the two versions. .. and the “regular” new Fire HD 8, including everything from a hexa-core processor to 2 gigabytes of RAM, 32 and 64 GB storage options, a 13-hour battery life and USB-C charging.

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