The brand new Hearth HD eight will nonetheless price $80.

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The “all-new” Hearth HD eight pill for 2018 is way more of a refresh than a significant improve. Obtainable in the identical colours and chassis because the earlier mannequin, the most recent Amazon Hearth HD eight provides a 2-megapixel front-facing digicam with 720p video, help for as much as 400GB extra storage by way of its microSD slot and hands-free Alexa help even when your display is in standby mode. It begins on the identical price because the final HD eight: $80 (£80) for the 16GB with built-in “particular provide” advertisements, which you should purchase out at any time for a flat $15 payment. 

A number of months again Amazon launched Present Mode for its Hearth HD 10 and Hearth HD eight tablets together with a Present Mode Charging Dock accent that primarily means that you can flip your Hearth pill into an Echo Present. The always-ready Alexa characteristic that is constructed into Amazon’s Echo gadgets is out there for the earlier era Hearth HD eight by way of a software program improve (after the software program improve you now not haven’t got to the touch the display to allow voice instructions). Nonetheless, it did not work when your display went into standby mode except the system was plugged into energy.

Just like the HD 10, the brand new HD eight has entry to the always-ready Alexa characteristic and Present Mode with out being plugged in. It is advisable to be linked to Wi-Fi to make use of the always-ready Alexa characteristic.

The one downgrade I seen within the specs is that battery life has decreased by 2 hours. It was rated at 12 hours for “combined use” within the earlier mannequin. Now it is rated at round 10 hours.

“[The] Hearth HD eight consists of always-ready, hands-free Alexa, which impacts battery utilization,” an Amazon spokesperson defined to Proinertech. “There are capabilities that assist handle battery affect, however Alexa hands-free can also be an non-obligatory characteristic. When you select to show it off, it’s possible you’ll acquire about 2 hours of battery life. You possibly can nonetheless entry Alexa by pushing the House button.”

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