Amazon updates the Fire HD 8 with a faster processor, more RAM, and USB-C

Amazon has introduced a new replace for its Fire HD 8 tablet, including a faster processor, more RAM, and USB-C charging. These are all welcome updates for the 8-inch pill, which hasn’t seen a significant replace in years. There’s additionally a new Fire HD 8 Plus model, which presents even more RAM and Qi wi-fi charging, in a first for any of Amazon’s {hardware}.

The common Fire HD 8 is getting spec enhance practically throughout the board. The processor is getting bumped up from a 1.3GHz quad-core chip to a 2.zero GHz one which Amazon says is 30 p.c faster. RAM goes from 1.5GB on the 2018 mannequin to 2GB. Storage is being doubled, going from a selection between 16GB and 32GB to 32GB and 64GB fashions, with as much as 1TB of expandable storage by a microSD card (up from 400GB on the outdated mannequin).

The show is, sadly, nonetheless the identical, with an 8-inch 1280 x 800 panel, and battery life remains to be estimated at round 12 hours, though you’ll have the ability to cost it faster, because of the addition of USB-C. All informed, it’s a comparable set of upgrades to the enhancements on final 12 months’s Fire HD 10, which additionally was overhauled with higher specs and USB-C charging.

Those upgrades come at a value, although: the base mannequin will now begin at $89.99 as a substitute of $79.99, though Amazon will probably be providing a restricted time two-pack bundle for $159.99.

The Fire HD 8 Plus and the Angreat charging dock.

Along with the normal Fire HD 8, although, are two new fashions: the Fire HD 8 Plus, which, at $109.99, prices $20 more than the common model however ups the RAM to 3GB, provides Qi wi-fi charging, and consists of a faster 9W charger in the field and six months of Kindle Unlimited service.

Amazon may even offer the Fire HD 8 Plus in a $139.99 bundle that features a new “Made for Amazon Wireless Charging Dock” from Angreat (an adjunct firm that at present provides Amazon’s USB-C chargers for the Fire HD 10

) for $139.99. While the Angreat charger is particularly designed to suit the Fire HD 8 Plus, any Qi charger will work with the pill.

The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition.

There’s additionally the normal “Kids Edition” of the normal Fire HD 8, which prices $139.99. That will get you similar {hardware} to the Fire HD 8, however it’s bundled with Amazon’s colourful “kid-proof” case (with the identical up to date stand as the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition). The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition additionally comes with a two-year prolonged alternative program and a free 12 months of Amazon’s FreeTime service for managing content material and parental controls.

Preorders for all three Fire HD 8 tablets start in the present day over at Amazon.com, and all three fashions anticipated to ship on June third.