Amazon today unveiled its new generation of Fire HD tablets, Amazon Fire HD 8 and Amazon Fire HD Kids, with upgraded features and at a price that will make you scream at the top of your voice.
The new Amazon Fire HD 8 will include the hands-free activation of Alexa, a feature first introduced with the Amazon Fire HD 10 last year. The virtual assistant can be on and listen for the wake word at all times, and users can activate the digital brain without having to press the Tablets home button.
At the forefront of the move is the Show Mode Charging Dock’s arrival to the UK, allowing users to activate a Show Mode option. When in Show Mode, the tablet provides a full-screen display, powered by your voice and Alexa, meaning you can carry out a number of tasks, such as summoning your calendar or asking for a recipe. Effectively it makes the tablet act like Amazon’s Echo Show smart speaker.
The Tablet features up to 10 hours of mixed use battery life, an 8-inch HD display, a quad-core processor, and an expandable up to 400GB storage.
The new Amazon Fire HD 8 will be shipped on October 4th, at a reasonably less price $79.99 for the 16GB version. There is also a 32GB version, the price of which isn’t confirmed yet. Amazon is offering a bundle with the Fire HD 8 and a Show Mode Charging Dock for $94.99.
Let’s talk about the other release from the Fire HD series, the upgraded Amazon Fire HD Kids, which comes with a regular Fire HD 8 tablet, as well as a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a kid-proof case, and a 2-year guarantee. It is built with more kid-friendly software. There are multiple customizable profiles, up to two for adults and up to four for kids.
The purchase includes a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which can now be used in Spanish, which gives kids access to over 20,000 books, videos, apps, and games that are all age-appropriate. The newly designed Free-time is perfect for the kids and includes a lot of parental safety too. From time limits to age filter, you can control almost everything. But you should get most excited about Amazon’s ‘two-year kid’s warranty’ in which they promise to replace your tablet for two years, no questions asked. Whether it was thrown out from the window or dumped into the water or a hardware damage or software issue, Amazon promises to fix it for two years. Could it get any better?