Amazon Updates Kindle Fire Android Tablets

Amazon released its annual update to its Kindle Fire tablet line today. We got a new Kindle Fire HD 8, Kindle Fire HD 8 Plus, and a Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition.

These tablets replace a model that shipped in 2018, but unlike that model, the new devices feature significant upgrades to the hardware.

The new tablets have a faster CPU than the last model (2GHz, vs 1.3GHz) and and a bump in RAM: the Kindle Fire HD 8 has 2GB RAM, while the Kindle Fire HD 8 Plus ships with 3GB.

Amazon is also boasting of a doubling of the storage (32GB and 64GB) and support for 1TB microSD cards. The new tablet also have longer battery life (12 hours, vs 10 hours).

The Kindle Fire HD 8 costs $89.

The Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, which is essentially the same as the Fire HD 8, only with a 2-year warranty, a case, and a year’s subscription to Kindle Freetime Unlimited, costs $139.

The Kindle Fire HD 8 Plus has more RAM, and it comes with a more powerful 9W charger. Even better, it also supports wireless charging (the dock is sold separately). And finally, Kindle Fire HD 8 Plus customers  get six months of Kindle Unlimited included with their tablet purchase.

The Kindle Fire HD 8 Plus costs $20 more, or $109.

While I am fine with the tablet I have, if I were looking for a new device I would probably go for the Kindle  Fire HD 8 Plus. I think the extra features are worth the extra $20 in price.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

3 Comments

  1. DaveMich13 May, 2020

    It’s worth noting that they have switched from micro-usb to usb-c with these new devices.

    If you have many micro-usb charging cables, search amazon for “Micro USB to USB C Adapter”. These are small, almost tiny adapters that fit onto the end of a micro usb charging cable and come in 8-packs.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder14 May, 2020

      I forgot to mention that!

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  2. David Castano17 May, 2020

    I’ve used the Fire HD 10 – great budget device – and it works pretty smoothly, except after a few months, the charger started acting up. It does support other phone/tablet chargers with a micro USB connector (so that’s what I use now), but I was disappointed to face issues so early.

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