They aren’t really much to look at, since once you’ve seen one black rectangle with a screen in the middle, you’ve seen them all, but above are thumbnail images of the new Amazon Fire and Fire HD 8 tablets that are very likely going to be announced as early as tomorrow. These are the new Amazon tablets that passed through FCC approval a couple of weeks ago.
The new tablets will be more of a refresh of the existing models, as opposed to a major redesign. This is especially true for the Fire HD 8, since the current model was introduced less than a year ago. Screen size is expected to remain the same at 7″ for the Fire and 8″ for the Fire HD 8. While overall screen quality will improve, especially with the Fire tablet, screen resolutions will remain the same as the models being replaced.
The Fire tablet should remain the same price at $49.99 but see a spec bump in certain areas, like dual band WiFi over the existing model’s single band wireless. The base Fire model might now start with 16GB of internal storage, instead of 8GB, but that’s the fact I’m most unsure about.
The Fire HD 8 should maintain nearly all the same specs as the current model, but the biggest change will be its price. At $89.99, the current 2016 Fire HD 8 already slashed the $149.99 price of the 2015 model it replaced. The new 2017 Fire HD 8 will continue that trend by dropping the price another $20 to $69.99.
5/17/17 The new tablets have now been announced.