Amazon recently released new Kindles, but many people prefer the company’s full-fledged tablets instead. If you’re part of that crowd, you’ll be happy to know that Amazon has just announced updated versions of its Fire HD 8 line of tablets with many improvements and similar pricing.
Amazon has officially announced the new versions of the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 8 Plus. Both devices have a new six-core processor that promises up to a 30% performance boost, so you can surf the web, watch videos, or occasionally play games.
The standard model comes with 2GB of RAM, which isn’t much, but the Fire HD 8 Plus bumps that up to 3GB of RAM. They also have up to 64GB of storage, expandable up to 1TB via microSD card.
They also have Dolby Atmos support for better media viewing, which you can enjoy with Prime Video if you have Amazon Prime. The company says you should also expect up to 13 hours of battery life on a single charge, and you can also charge your tablet with 5W to 9W charging if you opt for the Plus version. This one also has support for wireless charging and a 5MP rear camera that won’t blow anyone away, but should still be usable for casual photos.
The Fire HD 8 will cost $100 and the Fire HD 8 Plus will cost $120. You can also get the tablet in Kids and Kids Pro editions – the former for kids ages 3-7 and the latter for kids ages 6-12. They come in a child-friendly protective case and come with a two-year, hassle-free warranty, as well as a one-year Amazon Kids subscription. They will start at $150 and $160 if you want it with a Disney style case.