Amazon unveils four new Fire HD 8 tablets – here’s everything you need to know and how to pre-order in the UK

Amazon unveils four new Fire HD 8 tablets – here’s everything you need to know and how to pre-order in the UK

Amazon unveils four new Fire HD 8 tablets – here’s everything you need to know and how to pre-order in the UK

It is said to be 30 percent faster than the previous model (The Independent)

It is said to be 30 percent faster than the previous model (The Independent)

Amazon has just announced the launch of four new Fire HD 8 tablets ahead of its annual device event on September 28. The mid-range package will replace the mid-range models released in 2020.

As with the 2020 Fire HD 8 series, the company has unveiled a base Fire HD 8 tablet, a plus model, a Fire HD 8 kids edition and a pro kids edition. The 2022 tablets have seen an iterative specification upgrade, as well as a £10 price increase.

That’s not too surprising, considering the 2020 tablets also saw a £10 price increase over the 2018 range. But they’re still very affordable compared to Apple’s more expensive iPads.

The new Fire HD 8 tablet is said to be thinner, lighter and more durable, and it’s said to last a bit longer too, but there aren’t any major wholesale upgrades over its predecessor, with Amazon apparently keen to keep the Fire HD 8 an entertainment-focused budget device .

All four tablets launch on October 19, with pre-orders available now. Below, we’ve gathered everything you need to know about the tablets and where you can buy them.

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Amazon Fire HD 8, 2022: From £99.99, Amazon.co.uk – pre-order now, available 19 October

    (Amazon)

(Amazon)

The Amazon Fire HD 8 is an 8-inch HD tablet with a design that Amazon claims is “twice as durable as the iPad mini in dry tests”. It has a 2MP front camera and a 2MP rear camera, which has high enough resolution for video calls, but won’t win any camera awards. There are also a number of new accessibility features, which are always welcome.

The cheapest version of the device costs £99.99 and comes with ads and 32GB of internal storage. The 64GB device with ads costs £129.99. If you want the device without ads, there will be an extra £10 on top of these prices. Of course, you can always expand your storage space with a microSD up to 1 TB.

Although you still only get 2GB of RAM, Amazon says the hexa-core processor is 30 percent faster overall. The company says the device should last 13 hours when watching video content, slightly longer than the 12 hours on the 2020 model. Less power-intensive work will result in the device lasting longer.

It charges slowly, though, and Amazon says it charges to full in five hours, using the included 5W power adapter. For faster charging speeds, better specs and more, turn to the Fire HD 8 plus model.

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Amazon Fire HD 8 plus, 2022: From £119.99, Amazon.co.uk – pre-order now, available 19 October

    (Amazon)

(Amazon)

If you want something a little more powerful, the Fire HD 8 improves things a bit, and it’s only £20 more, so it’s still relatively cheap. You get 3GB of RAM, instead of 2GB. It’s compatible with wireless charging, so you don’t need to plug it in, but it also comes with a 9W USB-C charger, which gives you three hours of extra battery life.

If you have a compatible dock, you’ll also be able to turn it into a hands-free Alexa device, like an Amazon Echo show. Finally, there’s a 5MP rear-facing camera as opposed to 2MP on the base Fire HD 8. Other than that, you’ll still get all the same features as you would on the cheaper model.

Again, it comes in either 32GB or 64GB models, with or without ads. Prices start from £119.99 for the 32GB model with ads, but you can always expand the internal storage with a microSD card.

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Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids: £149.99, Amazon.co.uk – pre-order now, available 19 October

    (Amazon)

(Amazon)

The children’s tablets have also been refreshed this year. Built for children ages three to seven, the new 2022 Fire HD 8 Kids Edition comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which provides select fun and educational ad-free books, games, videos and apps from Disney, Nickelodeon, Peppa Pig and more.

Unlike the standard Fire HD 8 tablet, the kids’ tablet comes with an overall dashboard, allowing you to filter content based on the child’s age; set educational goals and time limits; or provide access to additional content from Netflix, Disney+ and Zoom.

It comes with a two-year warranty, so if the device breaks within that time, Amazon will replace it for free. It comes with a kid-friendly case with a built-in stand, so hopefully you won’t have to use the warranty.

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Amazon Fire HD 8 kids pro: £149.99, Amazon.co.uk – pre-order now, available 19 October

    (Amazon)

(Amazon)

The Kids pro unit is much the same as the basic kids unit, except it is designed for school children aged six to 12. Like the device for younger kids, the pro device also comes with a kid-friendly case, two-year warranty and one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+.

Kids will have access to age-appropriate apps, games, books, videos, songs and Audible books, including content from National Geographic, KeyStageFun, Collins Big Cat, Lego, Marvel and Star Wars.

Kids using the pro device also have access to a digital store, where they can ask parents to buy apps and e-books or download games, including Roblox and Minecraft. They can also make video calls to approved contacts.

This version costs the same as the Fire kids 8 tablet and comes with 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.

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