Amazon has today the launch of its next-generation tablets, the Fire HD 8 and Fires HD 8 Kids with hands-free access to Alexa. The Fire HD 8 comes with a price tag of $79.99, while the HD 8 Kids is priced at 129.99. The former is available on Amazon.com, while the latter will start shipping from October 4.
Amazon Fire HD 8
Starting with the new Fire HD 8 tablet, it comes with an 8-inch HD display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The device is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. The tablet comes loaded with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 400GB via micro SD card slot.
The latest device comes with Alexa integration through which users can simply ask the voice assistant to play a song, pause a movie, video call, read an Audible book, answer a question, control smart home and more. The company has also introduced a Show Mode Charging Dock for $39.99. Users can opt for the Fire HD 8 bundled with Charging Dock at an introductory price of $ 94.99.
The device also features a Show Mode, in which Alexa shows trending news, weather, movies trailers, camera feeds, and more. On the camera front, the device features an HD 720p front-facing camera and a 2-megapixel rear camera. It offers dual stereo speakers optimised for Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Atmos.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition
Coming to the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, the latest tablet comes with a year of free Amazon FreeTime Unlimited service. The offerings have more than 20,000 premium books, videos, Audible books, educational apps and games that have been curated for age-appropriateness. After the first year, customers can continue their subscription starting at $2.99 per month for Prime members and $4.99 per month for customers who are not yet Prime members. The tablet comes loaded with a kid-proof case, which is available in blue, pink or yellow and one comes with a two-year guarantee.
The FreeTime service comes loaded with parental controls as well. Fire tablets support up to two adult profiles (accessible with a PIN) and four child profiles that can be customized for each member of the family. Further, there are weekday and weekend settings, which allow parents to set limits. Parents can also control when to shut down FreeTime service for the day and turns back on the next morning. Parents can also restrict screen time by categories, such as apps and games. The specification of the tablet remains similar to the one present in Fire HD 8.