Amazon is launching its first tablets with 8 and 10 inch displays. The new Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 feature 1280 x 800 pixel displays and quad-core MediaTek processors.
The Fire HD 8 has a starting price of $150, while the Fire HD 10 starts at $230. They join last year’s Fire HD 6, which is still available for $100 and the brand new 7 inch Fire HD which is priced at just $50.
It’s interesting to note that none of the new tablets has a full HD display: Amazon seems to be focused on keeping the price of its new tablets low rather than offering industry-best features.
That said, the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 do have a few features that their smaller siblings lack, including Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, 802.11ac WIFI, and higher-resolution cameras (with a 5MP rear rear camera and 720P front-facing camera.
The Fire HD 8 is available with 8GB to 16GB of built-in storage, while the 10 inch morel comes with 16GB to 32GB of storage. Both support microSD cards for up to 128GB of removable storage.
Amazon’s new Fire HD tablets feature 1GB of RAM, IPS displays with wide viewing angles, and Fire OS 5 software, based on Android 5.1.
The older Fire HD 6 will get a software update that brings many of the features of the new tablets, but it’s now the only tablet Amazon is continuing to sell which lacks a microSD card slot.
Amazon is taking pre-orders for the new tablets, with orders expected to start shipping on September 30th.