Amazon upgrades its Fire HD 8 series of entry-level 8-inch tablets. The series now consists of three models namely ‘Regular’, ‘Plus’, and ‘Kids Edition’. All of them come with USB Type-C, better processor as well as more RAM and storage than the previous generation - 2018 models. The Fire HD 8 2020 (Regular) variant starts at $89.99 and also comes in a limited time two-pack bundle worth $159.99. While the ‘Plus’ model starts at $109.99. Amazon is also offering a bundle priced at $139.99, which includes Angreat ‘Made for Amazon Wireless Charging Dock.’ Finally, the ‘Kids Edition’ costs $139.99.
According to the company, the new tablets are driven by a new 2.0GHz quad-core processor, which increases the performance by 30%. For the unaware, the last-gen models came with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. The internal storage also gets an update as they now come in 32GB and 64GB variants. However, users can further expand the storage up to 1TB via a microSD card. As for the RAM is concerned, the ‘Regular’ and ‘Kids Edition’ have a 2GB module, whereas the ‘Plus’ model comes with 3GB RAM. All three models have a similar 8-inch 1280 x 800 display from the previous generation. But unlike the older models, they feature USB Type-C port instead of MicroUSB port. Moreover, the ‘Kids Edition’ comes with a colorful ‘kid-proof’ case as usual. It is also eligible for a 2-year extended replacement program and customers also get a year subscription of Amazon’ FreeTime service for parental controls as well as for managing content. The ‘Plus’ version, on the other hand, is the only model in the series to support Qi wireless charging. It also arrives with a faster 9W charger and has a free six months subscription of Kindle Unlimited service.