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

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An “all-new” Hearth HD Eight ($150 at Amazon Market) pill is on the best way, but it surely’s way more of a refresh than a serious improve. Transport on Oct. four and out there in the identical colours and chassis because the earlier mannequin, the newest Hearth HD Eight provides a 2-megaixel front-facing digital camera with 720p video, help for as much as 400GB further storage by way of its microSD slot and hands-free Alexa help even when your display screen is in standby mode. It would price the identical because the final HD Eight: $80 (£80).

A couple 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 basically means that you can flip your Hearth pill into an Echo Present. The always-ready Alexa function that is constructed into Amazon’s Echo units is offered for the earlier technology 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 screen to allow voice instructions). Nevertheless, it did not work when your display screen 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 function and Present Mode with out being plugged in. It’s worthwhile to be related to Wi-Fi to make use of the always-ready Alexa function.

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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 10 hours.

“[The] Hearth HD Eight contains always-ready, hands-free Alexa, which impacts battery utilization,” an Amazon spokesperson defined to Proinertech. “There are hardware capabilities that assist handle battery affect however Alexa hands-free can be an non-compulsory function. Should you select to show it off, chances are you’ll achieve about 2 hours of battery life. You possibly can nonetheless entry Alexa by pushing the Residence button.”

The brand new Hearth HD Eight now has the identical hands-free Alexa function because the HD 10 (proven right here).

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Amazon additionally introduced that the brand new upgrades will likely be out there within the “all-new” 32GB Hearth HD Eight Youngsters Version for $130 or £130, which features a protecting case, a two-year free substitute coverage and one yr of FreeTime Limitless. It is also introducing a brand new Spanish language expertise inside Amazon FreeTime and FreeTime Limitless.

“Youngsters now have entry to over 1,000 age-appropriate books, movies, instructional apps, and video games, plus 1000’s of hand-curated web sites and internet movies — all in Spanish and included with a FreeTime Limitless subscription,” Amazon says. “Mother and father can select to allow Spanish-only content material, English-only content material, or a mix of each. Settings will be personalized for every particular person little one profile.”

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FreeTime and FreeTime Limitless in Spanish will likely be out there on Hearth Youngsters Version tablets, within the FreeTime app on suitable Hearth tablets, and on suitable iOS units, by way of a free software program replace that can start rolling out on Oct. four and is coming quickly to suitable Android units.

I will publish a full evaluation as quickly as we get our fingers on a evaluation pattern, which must be simply earlier than it ships on Oct. four. However a lot of what we stated concerning the earlier HD Eight and newest HD 10 will apply to this mannequin. At $80 — and generally much less throughout Amazon gross sales — it stays a wonderful pill worth. That stated, I hope Amazon will transfer to USB-C charging within the subsequent technology.

Here is a recap of the “all-new” Hearth HD Eight’s key specs and options:

Eight.four x 5 x zero.four inches (214 x 128 x 9.2mm)12 ounces (341 grams)Eight-inch widescreen (1,280×800 pixels) HD show with over one million pixels (189 ppi).Quad-core 1.3GHz processor and 1.5GB of RAM16GB or 32GB choices with help for as much as 256GB of expandable storage by way of microSD4,750mAh battery for as much as 10 hours of mixed-use battery life for a full day of energy (as much as 12 hours with Alexa hands-free turned off)All the time-ready Alexa hands-free: Even when your display screen is in standby, Alexa is enabled (you do not have to the touch the house button to enabled voice instructions).Present Mode: Basically turns your Hearth pill into an Echo, with full-screen visuals that complement voice responses from Alexa. New front-facing digital camera 2MP digital camera with 720p HD video + 2MP rear-facing digital camera with 720p HD video recording (free, limitless cloud storage for all photographs taken on Hearth units)Hearth HD Eight twin stereo audio system are optimized for Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Atmos “for enhanced realism and dynamic vary”Twin-band Wi-Fi supportScreen sharing: Let an Amazon skilled information you remotely by means of any function on your display screen, out there 24/7, 365 days a yr — for freeAmazon-exclusive options: Alexa, ASAP, X-Ray, Second Display, Amazon FreeTime, Household Library, Blue Shade, On Deck, Prime Video downloads and moreAccess to hundreds of thousands of flicks, TV exhibits, songs, books, magazines, apps and video games with free, limitless cloud storage for all Amazon contentColor choices: Black, Punch Purple, Marine Blue and Canary YellowAvailable in 16GB ($80; £80) and 16GB ($100; £100) configurations, in addition to 32GB Youngsters Version for $130 or £130 that features protecting case, two-year free substitute coverage, one yr of FreeTime Limitless


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