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.