When Amazon introduced the 10th-gen Fire HD 8 tablet series last week, the company revealed that the new tablets would have a faster processor, more RAM, faster WiFi, USB Type-C, and a new Fire HD 8 Plus model with 50-percent more RAM and support for wireless charging.
But there were a few key specs that the company didn’t reveal at the time: we didn’t know the exact processor or operating system version that the tablets will ship with.
Now we do, thanks to a new listing on the Amazon Developers website.
The 10th-gen Fire HD 8 features a 2 GHz MediaTek MT8168 ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit processor with ARM Mali-G52 3EE MC1 graphics.
It’s a step up from the 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT8163V/B ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core chip with Mali-T720 MP2 graphics that powers the previous-gen Fire HD 8. But it’s not as powerful as the 2 GHz MT8183 processor in the Fire HD 10 (2019).
That’s an octa-core chip with four 2 GHz ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cores, four 2 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 cores, and Mali-G72 MP3 graphics.
Other details revealed in the developer documentation include the fact that the new Fire HD 8 will ship with Fire OS 7, which is based on Android 9 Pie. And it really looks like the only real differences between the Fire HD and Fire HD 8 Plus are the price, RAM, and wireless charging support.
The Fire HD 8 is up for pre-order for $90 and up, while the Fire HD 8 Plus is priced at $110 and up. Both models are set to begin shipping June 3, 2020 and both are currently on sale for $20 off if you buy two tablets.
|Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)||Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (2020)||Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018)||Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019)|
|Display||8 inch, 1280 x 800||8 inch, 1280 x 800||8 inch, 1280 x 800||10 inch, 1920 x 1200|
|Storage||32GB or 64GB + microSD (up to 1TB)||32GB or 64GB + microSD (up to 1TB)||16GB or 32GB + microSD (up to 400GB)||32GB or 64GB + microSD (up to 512GB)|
|CPU||2 GHz MT8168 quad-core||2 GHz MT8168 quad-core||1.3 GHz MT8163V/B quad-core||2 GHz MT8183|
|GPU||ARM Mali-G52 3EE MC1||ARM Mali-G52 3EE MC1||Mali-T720 MP2||Mali-G72 MP3 GPU|
|Battery||Up to 12 hours||Up to 12 hours||Up to 10 hours||Up to 12 hours|
|Ports||USB 2.0 Type-C||USB 2.0 Type-C||micro USB 2.0||USB 2.0 Type-C|
|Charging time||5 hours (5W wired)||4 hours (9W wired), 3 hours (wireless)||6 hours (5W wired)||4 hours (9W wired)|
|Cameras||2MP front & rear||2MP front & rear||2MP front & rear||2MP front & rear|
|OS||Fire OS 7||Fire OS 7||Fire OS 6||Fire OS 7|
|Dimensions||202mm x 137mm x 9.7mm||202mm x 137mm x 9.7mm||214mm x 128mm x 9.7mm||262mm x 159mm x 9.8mm|
|Weight||355 grams||355 grams||363 grams||504 grams|
|Starting price||$90||$110||$80 (discontinued)||$150|
Very unfortunate that they’re sticking with that 1280×800 screen. I briefly owned a Fire HD 8, and the low screen resolution was my reason for selling it.
It’s too low of a resolution. Lots of websites are terrible to use at that resolution and size
I was hoping that Amazon used the same SOC as the Fire HD 10 (2019) for the Fire HD 8 Plus… but they didn’t. This makes it a non-starter for me. I don’t mind less battery life if I can get the performance when I need it… that is what big.LITTLE is all about.
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