Amazon Fireplace HD 8 (2017)

So Amazon has up to date certainly one of its mid-range tablets to make it even higher than earlier than, however is it price upgrading should you personal one already?

The Fireplace HD 8 (2017) isn't a top-of-the-range beast just like the new iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, nevertheless it does provide up some spectacular specs for its low worth level – whereas some post-release software program updates now allow you to use the pill as a devoted Amazon Echo speaker.

If you happen to're available in the market for an reasonably priced Amazon pill, and need one thing with a sharper show than the Amazon Fireplace 7, hold studying under for extra particulars on the slate and our first impressions.

Amazon Fireplace HD 8 (2017) worth and launch date

Amazon is promoting this new pill from June 7 within the US and the UK. There's no phrase on a launch in Australia from Amazon and contemplating the final Amazon Fireplace HD Eight didn't get launched there we don't anticipate to see this new model both.

Pricing-wise, the Fireplace HD 8 (2017) is dearer than the Amazon Fireplace (2017), however not by an excessive amount of.

You should purchase the 16GB model – the most affordable – for less than $79.99 (£79.99), which is £10/$10 cheaper than the final model of the pill. That's fairly spectacular given how low cost the final mannequin was, and it's a worth that's certain to attraction to these searching for a finances slate.

Amazon Fireplace HD 8 (2017) design

Very similar to the Amazon Fireplace (2017) and the tablets which have gone earlier than it, the Fireplace HD 8 (2017) comes with a plastic again. It could look a little bit infantile, however we are able to't anticipate a superbly designed pill for the value of the HD 8.

This is a bit more troublesome to carry than the 7-inch model of the pill, so that you'll want to make use of two arms to carry this when you're watching movies or taking part in video games.

The highest fringe of the pill hosts the three.5mm headphone jack, quantity rocker, energy button and micro USB for charging. Meaning all the opposite edges are button-free and it may be a contact simpler to carry due to that.

We do discover now we have to take a look at the buttons on the highest of the pill earlier than urgent them although, as they're so bunched collectively.

You'll have the selection of black, blue, purple and yellow colours, plus there are a choice of instances up on the market should you're not a fan of the unique design.

Amazon Fireplace HD 8 (2017) show

Amazon hasn't upgraded the display screen for the HD 8 (2017), so you continue to get a show that's simply above 720p decision.

Particularly, you'll get an 8-inch show at 1280 x 800, which equals 189 pixels-per-inch. If you happen to've owned a pill with a greater decision up to now you'll probably be disillusioned with the display screen high quality right here, however the image high quality is okay should you're not anticipating the very best on the planet.

Amazon Fireplace HD 8 (2017) specs 

A significant improve for the brand new model of the Fireplace HD Eight is dual-band Wi-Fi assist. Meaning you'll have the ability to use each the two.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands you’ll be able to entry at residence and consequently you'll hopefully have the ability to get barely faster web when downloading to your pill.

In keeping with Amazon, the brand new model of the pill has improved battery as properly. There's a 12 hour predicted battery life time on the Fireplace HD 8 (2017), we'll let you already know whether or not it truly manages that after we do our full evaluation quickly.

With regards to storage, you'll have 16GB or 32GB choices to purchase, however every additionally has microSD assist of as much as 256GB. There's additionally a 1.3GHz quad-core chipset powering the Fireplace HD 8 (2017) – that's the identical arrange as final 12 months's pill and labored OK after we examined it.

One of many large highlights of the brand new Amazon Fireplace HD 8 (2017) for UK customers is the addition of Alexa integration with the pill (US customers have already got this).

It means you’ll be able to see updates from Amazon's voice assistant instantly in your pill, or you’ll be able to even ask Alexa to open up apps on the slate. In our restricted testing we discovered that it labored properly.

There are additionally cameras on the Amazon Fireplace HD 8 (2017), however neither will have the ability to take significantly impressing pictures. There's a 5MP shooter on the again whereas the entrance has a digital camera that may file 720p video, so it’ll probably go well with you if you wish to use the Fireplace HD Eight for video chatting.

Early verdict

The enhancements upon the final model of the Amazon Fireplace HD Eight are restricted right here, however the worth drop is appreciated.

There's seemingly nearly no motive to go for the 7-inch Amazon Fireplace (2017) when this model is sort of low cost too, with a bigger and better decision display screen, however each of Amazon's new slates look set be the among the many least expensive and greatest worth round.

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