Amazon today unveiled a refreshed Fire HD 8 tablet with some significant spec bumps for the 8-inch device, alongside an all-new Fire HD 8 Plus and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet.

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Amazon Fire HD 8

The new Fire HD 8 tablet offers faster performance, more RAM, and twice the storage compared to the previous generation. It retains the 8-inch HD display and promises up to 12 hours of battery life. You also get a new Game Mode and Dolby Atmos, plus wireless charging on the HD 8 Plus model.

Amazon's updated Fire HD 8 features a 2GHz quad-core MediaTek 8168 processor, which it claims is 30% faster than the MediaTek 8163 that the tablet's predecessor was equipped with. The faster chipset has been paired with 2GB of RAM (up from 1.5GB) and up to 64GB storage. Other specs remain unchanged, bar the addition USB-C for charging, following the lead of 2019's Amazon Fire HD 10.

The new Fire HD 8 Plus, which starts at $109.99, offers further boosted specs like 3GB of RAM and is also the first tablet from Amazon to support Qi wireless charging. It offers faster wired charging at 9W and even comes with six months of Kindle Unlimited access. It can even be bundled with a wireless charging dock that effectively turns it into an Echo Show with hands-free Alexa support.

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As usual, Amazon has a child-friendly version of the tablet in the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition. It costs $139.99 and includes a "kid-proof" case, a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited service, and a two-year worry-free guarantee. The hardware inside the case is identical to the standard Fire HD 8. All the three Fire HD 8 tablets sport the same 8-inch 1280 x 800 display.

The new Fire HD 8 tablets are available for pre-order on Amazon starting right now with the devices slated to ship starting on June 3. If you get in on the pre-order phase, you can even make a saving with a "buy two, save $20" offer on the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 8 Plus and a "buy two, save 25%" promotion on the Kids Editon models.

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