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)
Display8 inch, 1280 x 8008 inch, 1280 x 8008 inch, 1280 x 80010 inch, 1920 x 1200
Storage32GB 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)
CPU2 GHz MT8168 quad-core2 GHz MT8168 quad-core1.3 GHz MT8163V/B quad-core2 GHz MT8183
GPUARM Mali-G52 3EE MC1ARM Mali-G52 3EE MC1Mali-T720 MP2Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
BatteryUp to 12 hoursUp to 12 hoursUp to 10 hoursUp to 12 hours
PortsUSB 2.0 Type-CUSB 2.0 Type-Cmicro USB 2.0USB 2.0 Type-C
Charging time5 hours (5W wired)4 hours (9W wired), 3 hours (wireless)6 hours (5W wired)4 hours (9W wired)
Bluetooth5.05.04.1 LE4.2
Cameras 2MP front & rear2MP front & rear2MP front & rear2MP front & rear
OSFire OS 7Fire OS 7Fire OS 6Fire OS 7
Dimensions202mm x 137mm x 9.7mm202mm x 137mm x 9.7mm214mm x 128mm x 9.7mm262mm x 159mm x 9.8mm
Weight355 grams355 grams363 grams504 grams
Starting price$90$110$80 (discontinued)$150

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2 replies on “Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) tablets feature MT8168 processor, Fire OS 7 software”

  1. 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

  2. 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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