Amazon brings Alexa to mobile with all-new Fire HD 8 tablet


Amazon has announced their all-new Fire HD 8 tablet. The biggest new feature is that the Alexa voice assistant will make its mobile debut in this new tablet. As for hardware, the new Fire HD 8 features 50% more RAM than the previous generation, at 1.5 GB, and a massive 12 hour battery life. The storage has been doubled to 16GB for the base model and it still includes a microSD card slot for expandable storage needs. It features the same 8″ 1280 x 800 HD screen as before, but Amazon has reduced the processor slightly from a 1.5 Ghz quad-core in last years model to a 1.3GHz quad-core processor in this new model. A slight reduction in some specs in order to reduce the device’s price is starting to be a trend for Amazon, and reduce the price they certainly have. The new Fire HD 8 is just $89.99, which is a significant drop from last year’s $150 price. Preorders are open now and the tablet will ship on September 21st. It’s also available in the UK for £89.99 and Germany for 109.99€.


  1. Craig says:

    The feature grids on Amazon’s website lists the Fire 7, Fire 10 aswell as last year’s Fire 8 tablets getting Alexa via an update “Coming Soon”.

  2. Craig says:

    The Fire 8 2016 is far faster and far more usable than the Fire 8 2015! The Fire 8 2015 was an exercise in patience for me. But Fire 8 2016 is a breath of fresh air! I’m not kidding! It’s night and day in speed, just navigating the UI and switching apps. It’s faster and things are far more optimized.

    There is no Mira-Cast/Screen Mirroring. But if you side-load Google Play Services/Store and download the Google Cast app, you can screen-cast to a Chromecast and it works as smoothly as can be expected and even audio too!

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