Amazon has taken its wrappers off its newest pill – the brand new Amazon Fireplace HD eight (2018), which comes geared up with Alexa smarts and elective sensible docking system.
The brand new Fireplace HD eight is now Alexa arms free, which suggests that you would be able to get entry to Alexa with out having to get up the pill first.
This was a function that was first launched on the Amazon Fireplace HD 10 and Amazon shifting it to the Amazon Fireplace HD eight proves it is recognition.
Specs-wise, there may be not a lot change from the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) version. The display decision is similar 1280 x 800 (a snip above 720p), the chips are the identical. On board is a quad-core 1.three GHz processor and 1.5GB of RAM.
Battery life has really been barely decreased to 10 hours (there’s a motive for this that we’ll get on to) and storage is 16/32GB. Now you can develop that storage to 400GB, by means of the microSD card slot.
Cameras are additionally the identical (HD 720p front-facing digicam, 2MP rear-facing digicam) and it has the identical design. Dolby Atmos is again on board a properly.
There are some fascinating additions. Whereas we’d have appreciated to have seen the display upgraded to 1080p (as what’s on the Amazon Fireplace HD 10), the largest modifications listed here are to do with the software program and the most recent accent to return to the UK, the Present Mode Charging Dock.
Alexa arms free has come to the brand new Amazon Fireplace HD eight which might be accessed (by saying “Alexa”) even when the pill’s display is not on. Whereas it is nice to see Alexa get deeper integration into the pill, it comes at a battery value – which is why the battery has been shorn two hours, when in comparison with the 2017 mannequin.
There’s additionally a brand new Present Mode. That is just like how the Amazon Echo Present operated, the place you get full-screen visuals to go alongside your voice requests. So should you ask for the climate, then you’ll get some good clouds and extra data.
It is a mode that is smart on the pill however makes much more sense while you pair it with the Present Mode Charging Dock. This can be a dock that may routinely swap your pill into Present Mode for a extra immersive Alexa expertise and expenses the machine as properly.
To make use of the dock, it’s important to put the pill in a suitable case, which has the charging factors that connect with the dock.
Pricing for the brand new Amazon Fireplace HD eight (2018) is similar as final 12 months – £79.99/$79.99. However now you can by it bundled with the dock within the UK. This may set you again £109.98. The dock is already accessible within the US.
You’ll be able to pre-order this bundle now and you will get the machine when it is shipped on October four.
Should you fancy simply shopping for the dock on your current tablets then it is going to be accessible by itself for this gen Fireplace HD eight and the earlier gen for £39.99/$39.99 and for the present Fireplace HD 10 for £49.99/$54.99. Once more, that is already accessible within the US.