All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet, 8″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black

All-new Fire HD 8, now with up to 12 hours of battery life, 2X the storage and 50% more RAM for faster performance – made for all day entertainment.

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Fast and responsive

Enjoy your entertainment with a fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. Fire HD 8 now delivers faster performance thanks to a 50% increase in RAM over the previous model.

Beautiful HD display

Fire HD 8 features a widescreen 1280 x 800 high-definition display with over a million pixels (189 ppi) and a bright, vivid picture.

No more worrying about storage space

Now with 2X more internal storage, Fire HD 8 comes standard with 16 GB. Expand your tablet’s storage by up to 200 GB using a microSD card, and keep photos, movies, and compatible games and apps with you.

Power when you need it

Now with up to 12 hours of mixed-use battery life, Fire HD 8 gives you the flexibility to go where the day takes you.

Capture life’s moments

Fire HD 8 features a 2 MP rear-facing camera for taking photos or shooting 720p video. The front-facing VGA camera is perfect for Skype calls with friends and family.

Stands up to everyday life

Amazon engineers Fire tablets to hold up against everyday life. As measured in tumble tests, Fire HD 8 is 2X more durable than iPad Mini 4 (and costs a lot less too).

Designed for Entertainment

Designed for Entertainment

Read

Choose from millions of Kindle e-book and magazine titles. Connect with the largest online community of book lovers on Goodreads. Discover over a million titles with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. Also, listen to your favorite books with Audible.

Watch

Enjoy all your favorite movies and TV shows on Amazon Video, Netflix, HBO NOW, and more. Discover hundreds of thousands of TV episodes and movies, plus fling Amazon Video content to your TV using Second Screen.

Play

Over 300,000 apps including favorites like Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify. Plus Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over 2,000 apps, games, and even in-app items are 100% free. Play great titles like Frozen Free Fall, Angry Birds Slingshot Stella, and Sonic Dash from developers like Disney, Gameloft, Rovio Entertainment, and more.

Meet Alexa

Introducing Fire OS 5

Alexa comes to Fire Tablets

Alexa provides quick access to the entertainment you want, including music, games, audiobooks, and more. You can also ask Alexa questions, check your calendar, get news, find sports scores, and even control your smart home. All you have to do is press and ask. Alexa will be available via a free over-the-air software update in the coming months.

One Press. Millions of Possibilities.

When connected to Wi-Fi simply press the home button for 2 seconds then ask. Alexa will respond to you and will even show visual responses to certain questions.

Everyday tasks made easier

Alexa on Fire tablets helps make the everyday easier. Just press and ask to set alarms and timers, check traffic, your calendar, to-do or shopping lists, and more.

Be Entertained

Whether you’re looking for your favorite playlist on Spotify or need a quick joke, you can ask Alexa.  Just press and ask for a song, artist or genre, and stream directly over Wi-Fi.  Alexa also provides voice control for Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, IHeartRadio, and more.

Stay Informed

Now you can ask Alexa a question and get an immediate voice response. When you press and ask, Alexa can pull up your flash briefing, Wikipedia articles, news, sports scores, and more.

Control your smart home

Alexa works with devices such as lights, switches, thermostats, and more from WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, Nest, ecobee, and Wink. Switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the fan or change the temperature on your thermostat while reading in your favorite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all voice controlled from your tablet.

Fire OS

Introducing Fire OS 5

Fire OS 5.4 – coming soon

In addition to Alexa, our next Fire OS update will also allow you to quickly access great game play directly from the Games tab with Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. Fire tablet owners will also have easy access to over 65,000 recommendations from ComiXology, which provides an unrivaled library of comic books, graphic novels, manga and more.

Find the things you love easier

Fire OS is the best entertainment experience on a tablet with quick access to the things you do most. The home screen includes dedicated content pages for books, games, and apps, video, music, audiobooks, and Newsstand, making it quick to pick up right where you left off. Powered by Amazon’s recommendations engine, you can quickly browse books, movies, TV shows, music, apps, and games suggested just for you.

Apps that are actually free with Amazon Underground

Fire tablet owners have access to a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over 2,000 apps, games, and even in-app items are 100% free. Experience titles from top developers including Disney, Rovio Entertainment, Gameloft, Zeptolab, and Sega of America without ever having to pay for the app or in-app purchases.

Share content with Family Library

Family Library links your Amazon account to that of your spouse or partner so you can easily share apps, games, audiobooks, and books, and it now allows Prime members to share their Prime Video content. Access your family’s content across devices—both Amazon devices and free Amazon apps for other platforms, including iOS and Android.

No more waiting

With ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), Amazon movies and TV episodes are ready for you to watch instantly. ASAP dynamically adapts to your viewing habits.

On Deck automatically downloads Prime Video (for Prime members) and the first episodes of Amazon Original Series while your device isn’t in use, ensuring that there is always something new to enjoy instantly, even when offline.

Integrated on-device tech support

Screen Sharing brings Mayday-powered customer service to Fire tablets. Simply call customer service and Amazon experts can connect to your Fire tablet to co-pilot through features by drawing on your screen, walking you through how to do something yourself, or doing it for you—whatever works best.

Product Features

  • All-New Fire HD 8, now with up to 12 hours of battery life, 2X the storage, and 50% more RAM for faster performance
  • Stunning 8″ HD display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and Dolby Audio. Available in four colors.
  • Now with the Alexa cloud-based voice service – just press and ask
  • Amazon Underground, where thousands of apps, games and even in-app items are 100% free
  • Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle e-books, apps and games
  • Prime members get unlimited access to a huge selection of songs, books, videos and more
  • 16 or 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 200 GB of expandable storage

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3 Responses to All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet, 8″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black

  1. Great basic tablet for Amazon fans As a background, I am a retired Information Systems professional and I am writing my first impressions of the NEW Fire HD 8 released on September 21, 2016 from the perspective of being a long-term Kindle user. I have all the current e-readers and Fire devices from Amazon including the basic Kindle, the Paperwhite (2013,2014,2015 models), the Fire HD6, Fire HD7, Fire HDX7 and Fire HDX8.9 (3rd and 4th generation), the old Fire HD 8 and the Fire HD 10. Here is a summary of my initial impressions of the new Fire HD8.Amazon has replaced the original HD 8 released in 2015 with an “All-New” HD 8. Amazon is also removing the Fire HD6, which is a shame as it is a great little tablet.The new HD 8 differs from the old version as follows:BEST NEW FEATURE:The price has been reduced! The 16 GB version of the old device cost $169.99 with special offers (ads). The new 16 GB version costs 89.99 and you can get a 32 HB version for $30 more.SECRETLY REMOVED:Amazon has removed the ability to mirror your display on Miracast devices such as TVs. Now that feature is now only available on generation 4 and 5 Fires including last years HD 8. However, you can still cast Prime videos to a FireTV or Fire Stick.WHAT COMES IN THE BOX:The HD8 Fire, a short 3-foot USB cord and a power adapter so you can charge and use the device right out of the box.SIZE:The new HD8 is a fraction thicker than the 2015 HD8. Leather cases for the old HD 8 will fit the new HD 8 but hard shell cases will not. However the auto wake feature of some older cases won’t work.One complaint I had about the earlier versions was that the back was very slick and slippery to hold without a case. The new version is finely matted or textured so it is much easier to hold without dropping it and is no longer a fingerprint magnet on the back.DISPLAY:The resolution of the screen is the same 1280 x 800. However, the new HD 8 seems to have darker blacks with more contrast when compared to the older version. The display is nice and bright but still barely readable in bright sunlight. Amazon has added adaptive brightness to the new 2016 HD 8. When enabled, the brightness of the display changes depending on the level of light in the room. Practically speaking, this is only useful indoors when adjusting for night time reading because it is difficult to see the display in bright outdoor sunshine.I do like that you can choose your own wallpaper! It comes with 9 stock images and if you don’t like one of them, you can choose your own image in your Amazon Photos folder.PROCESSOR:Both the new and old HD8 use a System on chip (SoC) platform where the CPU, GPU and Bluetooth are integrated on one chip platform. The new HD 8 has a faster MediaTek MT8163V/B 64-bit quad-core processor advertised as running at 1.3Ghz. Tests show that this processor operates with a CPU frequency of 1300 MHz max and 600 MHz min.The old processor was a MediaTek MT8135 32-bit processor which was advertised as having one quad-core processor operating at 1.5GHz. Tests reveal that operating speeds were 1200 MHz max and 364 MHz min frequencies.The GPU (graphics processing unit) on the new HD8 is an ARM Mali-T720 versus the older PowerVRg6200. Overall, the newer chip operates faster than the old chip.BLUETOOTH:Bluetooth version has been upgraded from 4.0 LE to 4.1 LE.STORAGE:The HD8 is now available with 16 GB and 32GB instead of 8 GB and 16 GB and Amazon still has a slot where you can insert a microSD card. The 2016 HD 8 accepts a MicroSD card up to 200 GB instead of the maximum 128 GB on the 2015 HD 8.I recommend purchasing the 32GB version instead of ordering the 16 GB and adding an SD card. You will probably not need an additional card with the 32 GB version, but if you find that you are running short of space, you can always add one later. If you do add an external card, I do not recommend installing apps on an auxiliary card for several reasons. 1) Some apps WON’T install on auxiliary cards and those that do, use space on the internal drive as well as the microSD card. 2) the Fire apps seem to run faster on the internal drive. 3) If your SDcard goes bad, you are going to have devote some time reinstalling all your apps and resetting your settings.RAM MEMORY:More importantly, the new device has 1.5 GB of RAM versus 1.0 GB. Because of these upgrades, the new HD 8 is much snappier than the old version.WEIGHT:It is heavier: 12.0 ounces vs 11.0 ounces thanks to the larger batteryBATTERY LIFE:The battery life is a big improvement. The new battery has been sized up to 4,750 mAh from the previous version which had a 3,210 mAh battery. The older model was rated at 8 hours but the new model is rated at 12 hours of mixed use. My…

  2. Amazon did it right this time, excellent niche tablet

  3. Confused about which model to buy? Read this for a non-techie review One advantage of a big family is you get to review everyone’s tech. Over the years this has included several iPads, the entire Amazon Fire range, and now this – the Fire 8 released September 2016. I bought this for my daughter, (13 going on 20), and she loves it.As I work in IT, I’m aware just how confusing technology can be, so I’ll avoid references to jargon, and focus on the experience instead. I’ve broken the review up into sections so you can skip the bits you’re less interested in.I’ll compare this device to the rest of the small Amazon Fire range, in particular the cheaper Fire 7” and Fire 6” HD in addition to the four times more expensive iPad Mini 4.Quick Summary============While the screen resolution is not quite up to the “retina” of the more expensive iPad, this is a much better experience than the cheaper 7” device, and the build quality is great. It really does feel a lot more expensive than it is. For me, that extra inch in screen size (and better resolution), makes all the difference. It’s a great tablet for the daily commute, light and easy to hold in one hand.Web and gaming performance from the snappy processor and 50% more memory make this a pleasure to use, and although the screen is highly reflective (and useless in bright sunlight), the improved resolution over my Fire 7” is noticeable, especially reading eBooks. it even ran the graphically intensive “Airborne 8”, and is certainly great for watching films and TV.The cameras are good, but not perfect, and the improved sound quality from the stereo speakers are a bonus, but these are perhaps the biggest compromise points on the device.I’d say, the best things about this tablet is the impressive 12 hour battery life (yes it really will go the distance), and the storage which starts at 16 or 32Gb but you can add up to 200Gb. A few years ago, that used to be a huge hard disk – bigger than this tablet.Of course, you’ll also need to add a $10-$30 case, and a $12 for a 32Gb micro-SD card, but you’re getting a lot of tablet for the money. This certainly gets my vote.My advice: If you’ve an Prime membership (and can download and watch movies on your commute), this is a great device. For web-surfing, eMail and the odd game it’s terrific, and the hand held size means it’s easy to use with one hand. Equally for a child or young “tween” it’s a great value tablet – but buy a case to protect it.Score Summary============85% – Value for Money.90% – Design and Build Quality85% – Screen (Bright and clear but a reflective finger magnet)85% – Web performance80% – Gaming Performance90% – Sound (Dual stereo speakers)65% – Camera. (Main camera good, selfie very grainy)75% – Storage and Expansion (16/32Gb with 200Gb extension)90% – Battery (Realistic 12 Hours)83% – Overall – very impressiveFull Review=========Clearly, Amazon have made some compromises, to hit the magic price point. Here’s the details:-Value for Money — 85%——————————While it’s almost double the price of the (year older) Fire 7” tablet, it compares well to the 7” and 6” HD devices. With a faster (more modern) processor and 50% more memory it zips through tasks. The bigger 8” screen is great, and build quality and battery life very impressive. If you’re on a tight budget (and who isn’t) consider the 7” – but (with this device), you’re getting a faster, better build device that might last you a bit longer.Similarly, while it doesn’t quite have the polish of the Apple iPad Mini 4, you could buy four of these for the same price, and still have enough left over for additional storage and accessories. Read on for other buying options – there’s several ways to save (or spend) money.Design and Build Quality — 90%————————————–At 311g it’s 2g lighter than the smaller 7” sibling, but looks and feels solid and well built with no flex when you press the Gorilla Glass screen (same as the hugely more expensive iPad mini). The rear is a matt textured finish instead of the smart aluminium back of the iPad, and Amazon claim it’s twice as durable. It certainly won’t collect scratches on the rear, and (in a kid proof case) survived multiple 4 foot drop tests onto a marble floor.The volume and power buttons (plastic with a tiny bit of wobble), are along the top with the headphone socket and power. Personally, I think the button placement (at the top in portrait mode) a bit odd. All the…

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