Amazon is know for loudly proclaiming the launch of its latest hardware, even when it's just a minor refresh, but recently the retailer quietly removed references to the Fire HD 8 tablet from its site.
For reasons we don't quite understand, Amazon has removed the Fire HD 8 from the menu comparison bar, and allowed the tablet to go out of stock. The tablet is still listed on the site, and you can even find it in the comparison tables for the other Fire tablet models, but depending on which product listing you check the Fire HD 8 is either completely out of stock or back-ordered until 14 September.
And while we're on the topic, the Fire HD 8 Reader tablet has been erased from the Amazon website. That tablet was launched in December 2015 and offered a tablet bundled with a case and a Kindle Unlimited subscription, but now it has completely vanished from the Amazon website (the product listing is gone).
There's no word from Amazon on what they're doing with the Fire HD 8 tablet, which was originally released in September 2015. The latest leaks from April suggest that Amazon is going to replace last year's model with a cheaper unit with weaker cameras and a weaker CPU, but the listings still show specs for last year's model, not the new one.
Your guess is as good as mine as to what Amazon is up to here; would anyone care to speculate?