Amazon announces a tablet upgrade today, Fire HD 8 hands-free with Alexa.
The?Fire HD 8 hands-free with Alexa priced is on pre-order now for $79.99, available October 4th.
The important difference between the new and old Fire HD is that while the older HD 8’s got the over the air update to enable hands-free Alexa, the device needed to remain awake for Alexa to initiate.? With the new Fire HD 8, the functionality is baked in like the previously released Fire HD 10 with hands-free Alexa.
As with the Fire HD 10 the new Fire HD 8 offers the new Show mode which can either be activated manually or automatically when you place the device into the Show Dock.
The Show Dock allows your Fire HD 8 to act more like the Alexa devices like the Spot and Show where they can display the time, weather and other information.
The Fire HD 8 hands-free with Alexa can be ordered with the Show Dock as a bundle for $94.99 (saving $24.99)
The Fire HD 8 Show charging dock can be ordered separately for $39.99 and is compatible with Gen 7/8 devices.
Another great update is that the Fire HD 8 hands-free Alexa also supports Micro SD cards up to 400Gb – massive storage expansion for your movies, books, music, etc!
Amazon also released the Kids Edition of the Fire HD 8.? This comes with one year of Amazon’s Freetime Unlimited, access to educational content, movies, music and a kids-safe environment with monitoring and configurable restrictions.? The Kids Edition comes in at $129.99 and with that, you get Amazon’s ‘no questions asked’ 2 year replacement warranty as well as a colorful kid-proof case!
Fire HD 8 with hands-free Alexa specs and information
Up to 10 hours of battery life, a vibrant 8″ HD display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, and Dolby Audio. 2x
Use Alexa hands-free mode to pause videos, play music, open apps, show sports scores, display the weather, and more?just ask
Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle eBooks, apps and games – including Netflix, Facebook, HBO, Spotify and more. Say ?Alexa, play The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel?, ?Alexa, show me my books?, or ?Alexa, launch Candy Crush Saga? to access the entertainment you love.
With Show Mode you can transform your tablet to an immersive, full-screen Alexa experience optimized for visibility across the room. Just ask Alexa to show trending news, timers and alarms, movie showtimes, weather, and more.
Call or message almost anyone hands-free, or make video calls to family and friends with a Fire tablet, Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App. Instantly connect to enabled Echo devices.
Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books and magazines, millions of songs, and thousands of movies and TV episodes – at no additional cost
Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription
16 or 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 400 GB of expandable storage