Gadgets

Amazon’s Fire HD 8 Ships with ‘Always Ready Alexa’

Better than ever

Amazon Fire HD 8amazon

Amazon announced a new Fire HD 8 today, the new edition to the popular Fire HD line comes with always-ready, hands-free access to Amazon Alexa. The new device boasts up to 10 hours of mixed-use battery life and comes fully equipped with an 8” HD display with over 1 million pixels. That screen will be powered by a quad-core processor and has 16GB of internal storage with support for up to 400 GB more. The new Fire HD 8 also offers hands-free access to Alexa all for only $79.99.

The all-new Fire HD 8 is available for pre-order today at amazon.com/firehd8.

“Fire HD 10 customers love having easy, hands-free access with Alexa and we’re excited to bring that same experience to the all-new Fire HD 8. Just ask Alexa to turn on the lights, play a movie, or make a video call—even when the tablet screen is on standby,” said Kevin Keith, Vice President, Amazon Devices. “The Fire HD 8 features a beautiful HD display, a fast quad-core processor, all-day battery life, and more expandable storage, plus everything you love about Alexa, hands-free and still only $79.99.”

As we mentioned earlier, the all-new Fire HD 8 includes an 8” widescreen, the screen will come with a 1280 x 800 high definition display with over a million pixels. tHE Quad-core 1.3GHz processor will run with 1.5GB of RAM, and Amazon stated that customers will have 10 hours of reading, listening to music, watching TV shows or movies, browsing the web, and more.

With hands-free Alexa, users can just ask Alexa to play a song, pause a movie, video call a friend or family member, read an Audible book, answer a question, show your calendar, control your smart home, and more. You can even use Alexa when your screen is on standby.

The new Show Mode will offer an immersive hands-free experience for Fire tablets with full-screen visuals that complement voice responses from Alexa. Show Mode lets you ask Alexa to see trending news, weather, movies trailers, camera feeds, and more—all glanceable whether you’re up close or across the room. You can also pair your Fire HD 8 with the new Show Mode Charging Dock for an enhanced, always-ready Alexa experience. Simply place your Fire tablet into the Show Mode Charging Dock and it automatically switches into Show Mode. The stand holds your tablet at an adjustable angle for easy viewing while charging it. Pick up your tablet to transition it back to the portable tablet mode and enjoy your movies, TV shows, books, apps, and games while on the go. The new Show Mode Charging Dock is only $39.99, or you can purchase the all-new Fire HD 8 bundled with the Show Mode Charging Dock at a special introductory discount—starting at only $94.99 (a $24.99 savings).

You can also use video chat to keep up with friends and family, the new Fire HD 8 will come equipped with an HD 720p front-facing camera and a 2MP rear-facing camera. You can also save them for later with free, unlimited cloud storage for all photos taken on Fire tablets.

Amazon stated that according to tumble tests, the Fire HD 8 is 2x as durable as the iPad mini 4, and the dual stereo speakers are optimized for Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Atmos for enhanced realism and dynamic range. Of course you will also be able to take advantage of other Amazon-exclusive features, like Alexa, ASAP, For You, X-Ray, Second Screen, Amazon FreeTime, Family Library, Blue Shade, On Deck, Prime Video downloads, and more.

Availability

The all-new Fire HD 8 comes in four fun color options: Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, and Canary Yellow, and is available for pre-order today starting at $79.99. Fire HD 8 will begin shipping on October 4; order the new Fire HD 8 today at amazon.com/firehd8.