The company today unveiled the new Fire HD 8, meant mainly for light media consumption. The specs are nothing to write home about, but a solid deal for $89 bucks:
- 8-inch HD Display (1280 x 800, 189 ppi)
- Quad-core 1.3 Ghz processor
- 1.5 GB RAM (50 percent more than previous tablet)
- 16 GB and 32 GB storage options
- 4,750 mAh battery (12 hours mixed use)
- Front and rear cameras
- Dolby Stereo speakers
- 2x more durable than an iPad mini (whatever that means)
The big news here is Amazon is bringing Alexa compatibility. Simply long press the home button while connected to Wi-Fi to ask the assistant to play a song or read you an audiobook.
Amazon says Alexa will be coming to the Fire HD 10, Fire, and last year’s HD 8 via an update in the coming months.
The device is available for pre-order now for $89 (119 for the 32 GB model) and comes in black, magenta, blue, and tangerine. It begins shipping September 21.