Amazon’s $79.99 Android Tablet Now Includes Hands-Free Alexa

Posted on September 6, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Amazon with 6 Comments

Amazon is upgrading its Fire HD 8 tablet with new features today. The company just launched the new Fire HD 8, coming in at $79.99, with support for hands-free Alexa.

Hands-free Alexa support is going to be a sweet addition to the Fire HD 8. Alexa was available on the tablet in the past, though it didn’t include hands-free activation. That meant you had to actually unlock your tablet or turn on the screen to access Alexa. With the new Fire HD 8, you can simply access with your voice even when the display is on standby.

Amazon’s also improving the Show Mode on the Fire HD 8 — it no longer requires users to have the device plugged into a power connection for the Show Mode to work. Additionally, it’s launching a new $39.99 Show Mode Charging Dock where you can dock your Fire HD 8 and essentially use it as an Echo Show device.

The tablet’s technical specs aren’t changing much, though — you still get the 8-inch HD display, with a quad-core 1.3GHz processor and 1.5GB of RAM. The device promises to offer up to 10 hours of battery life, and it’s available in 16GB and 32GB models, the latter cost $109.99 whereas the former comes in at $79.99. You can get a Show Charging Dock with the new Fire HD 8 for $94.99 as a bundle, which will save you a total of $24.99.

Keep in mind that $79.99 pricing is the version of the tablet that comes with “special offers”, meaning Amazon will display ads on the device. If you don’t want any of that, you will have to pay $94.99 for the 16GB model, and $124.99 for the 32GB model.

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Amazon’s $79.99 Android Tablet Now Includes Hands-Free Alexa”

  1. Silversee

    The only serious question is, have they finally updated the horrible screen to at least a full HD display? Edit: apparently not.

    • sgbassett

      In reply to Silversee:The screen isn't as nice as my iPad Pro or my Surface Book (or a high-end smart phone), but it is very serviceable for reading and watching videos. At this price, I don't see the screen quality as being an impediment.

  2. sgbassett

    My 2017 Fire HD 8 already has hands-free access to Alexa. If I put it in "Show Mode" and leave it that way, I can ask it questions, having it read my calendar, read an Aubible book, make phone calls, etc., without having to touch the screen to unlock it.

    I didn't bother with a dock. Instead, I bought a cheap folding kickstand and stuck it to the back of the Fire HD 8 and keep it plugged in when in Show Mode.

    It will be nice if I don't need to keep it plugged-in for Show Mode. That will make it much more useful to move around the house - assuming this upgrade applies to the 2017 model as well as the new one that was just announced.

  3. hrlngrv

    Given my wife's experiences with Kindle Fires, they'd be expensive in terms of cumulative annoyance even if Amazon gave them away for free.

  4. wright_is

    I bought a Fire HD 8 "with Alexa" during the Prime Day sale for 59€. Now I'm confused, did I get an old HD 8 with Alexa or the new one? Is this news late or have Amazon replaced the old Alexa enabled HD 8 for a new one?