Amazon Reveals New Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 Android Tablets

dgstorm

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Along with the new super-cheap Fire 7-Inch tablet, Amazon just announced two new Fire HD tabs. These are the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 respectively. The price on these tablets are quite a bit more than the $50 7-inch tab, but they are still affordably priced for what you get. Here's a breakdown of specs and price for each of Amazon's new Fire HD tabs:

Amazon Fire HD 8 - $149.99 - Available for pre-order now and will launch on September 30th
  • 8-inch HD (189 ppi / 1280 x 800) display
  • Quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz.
  • 720p HD Front-facing camera and 5 MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording
  • "All-new Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free - including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more"
  • 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage - Free unlimited cloud storage (for photos taken with Fire devices)
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 128 GB of additional storage
  • Fire OS 5
  • Thinner case design
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi
  • 8 Hour battery life
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    Dual stereo speakers, Built-in microphone
Amazon Fire HD 10 - $229.99 - Available for pre-order now and will launch on September 30th
  • Widescreen 10.1" HD (149 ppi / 1280 x 800) display
  • Quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz
  • 720p HD Front-facing camera and 5 MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording
  • "All-new Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free - including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more"
  • 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage - Free unlimited cloud storage (for photos taken with Fire devices)
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 128 GB of additional storage
  • 8 hours battery life Wi-Fi
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi
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    Dual stereo speakers, Built-in microphone
You can now use the microSD card for offline viewing of streaming Prime Videos, and Amazon has adjusted its DRM so you can also store those movies and TV shows on it. The 8-inch variety comes in black, magenta, tangerine, and blue, while the larger 10-inch only comes in white or black.

What do you folks think? Could Amazon have a hit on their hands? The previous generation Fire tablets sold very well. These don't seem to bring much that is new to the table, but they represent a solid value to those who appreciate Amazon's ecosystem.

We have an image of the 10-Inch Fire HD tab in the thread below.
 

leeshor

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If I'm not mistaken, they don't say what version because it isn't the same Android most other Android devices use. It's a highly modified Amazon version.
 

dgstorm

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There have been some rumors that the latest version of Amazon's Android UI overlay is more like Android and less like previous Amazon products. That may not hold true, but the images suggest it's possible.
 

rgrenier

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Here's that 10-inch Fire HD tab:

I like the new Fire HD lineup, but I've been in love with the Fire HDX 8.9 since last October, 2014. The 8.9 HDX is no longer advertized on the Amazon site, though it is discoverable if you "search" enough. Is there a possibility that Amazon may be discontinuing the HDX 8.9 in preference to their new line? That would be a shame - as the display resolution is so outstanding, and I've not seen anything that competes ?
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