Amazon launched a new tablet in their Fire HD line today. The Fire HD 8 comes with an 8-inch display, although at only 1280 x 800 resolution, it barely seems to qualify for the “HD” moniker in the name. For those interested in an Amazon tablet, something impressive will be available as Amazon brings their Alexa voice assistant technology to the tablet form factor.
As most people probably know, Alexa is the technology that powers Amazon Echo devices. Long-pressing the home button will launch Alexa so that users can issue commands and search queries using their voice. Paired up with Alexa will be Amazon’s FireOS similar to their other tablet offerings. One downside though is that the Alexa support will not be available out of the box. Amazon says they will enable Alexa through an over-the-air update in the near future.
Other specs include a quad core processor running at 1.3 GHz with 1.5GB of RAM. Amazon is also highlighting the 12 hours of battery life, although that is offset somewhat by the slow charging that means it will take around 6 hours to charge the device.
Amazon is currently taking orders for several variants of the Fire HD 8 and indicate the tablets should be available as of September 21, 2016. The base version can be ordered for only $89.99 with 16GB of internal storage and users will have to put up with special offers being presented to them. Getting rid of the special offers adds $15 dollars to the price. Buyers can bump up the internal storage to 32GB for an additional $30. The devices also support a microSD card for up to 200GB of additional storage. Amazon is making the tablet available in black, blue, magenta and tangerine.
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