Amazon accelerates Fire HD 8 with new chips and longer battery life

Amazon accelerates Fire HD 8 with new chips and longer battery life ...

Amazon has dropped a beefed-up version of its 8in Fire HD 8 tablet, which was upgraded to a 30% faster processor than the previous one, and has longer battery life, which is now available for up to 13 hours of normal use.

The standard model is $100/100, with the 120 Fire HD 8 Plus offering greater 3GB memory, improved wireless charging over USB-C, and a better 5MP rear camera. There is also support for wireless charging via Qi, and as with the previous gen and last years Fire HD 10 Plus, a separate charging dock is available to transform the HD 8 into something called an Echo Show.

Fire HD 8 Kids Pro, the latter, designed for schoolchildren, has two versions, including a standard kid-proof case, a year access to Amazon Kids+, and a two-year guarantee, allowing you to buy a new one if your kids drop it down the stairs.

Tap to Alexa, a new accessibility feature that allows you to interact with Alexa by touch rather than voice, is now available on the tablets.

The new Fire HD 8 range includes 32 and 64GB storage options, plus support for up to 1TB of expanded storage.

The Fire HD 8 Plus is now available in grey, denim (yes, blue) and rose colours. Both the Fire HD 8 Plus and the tablets are also available in red, blue, and purple versions.

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