Amazon has just launched its latest Fire tablet alongside a special dock that effectively turns it into an Amazon Echo speaker. The Fire HD 8 is much cheaper than Apple’s iPad and will only set you back £79.99. If you want the dock as well, then it’ll cost you £110. When you put the tablet onto the dock it attaches with magnets and automatically shifts to ‘Show Mode’ which effectively turns it into an Amazon Echo with a screen. You can ask Alexa questions about the weather or the sports scores and the tablet screen will react accordingly, even if it’s locked.
You can start watching a show on the tablet in Show Mode in the kitchen and then just pick the tablet up from the dock and move to a room, the video will continue uninterrupted,’ said Antoine Dreyfus, the head of Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire Tablets in the EU. ‘The same goes for video calls or other activities both into and out of the dock,’ he added. Like previous Fire HD tablets, it comes with a plastic back in a choice of bright colours: red, yellow and blue. There’s also a black finish if you want something a bit smarter.
The internal components won’t challenge Apple’s £319 iPad but still, give you enough resources to enjoy consuming media. The Fire HD 8 has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and a choice of either 16GB or 32GB of storage. Amazon quotes 10 hours of battery life on a single charge. ‘We’ve stuck with the winning recipe of a premium device at non-premium prices, with a focus on family and entertainment,’ Dreyfus said.
The Fire HD 8 can also be bought as a special Kids Edition, which costs £129 and comes with a ‘kid-proof’ case, a 2-year warranty and a year’s subscription to Amazon’s Kids Unlimited service which includes special tailored content for the little tykes. The tablet can be pre-ordered from Amazon today and will start shipping on October 4.