Amazon says they've also improved the 7-inch IPS display to appear clearer and have better contrast for reading text. It is available in four colors and comes with Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa.
There's no upgrade to the cameras, which means a VGA front-facing camera and a 2Mp rear-facing camera that can record video at 720p. Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is $129.99 (a total value of over $270) and is available for pre-order today at www.amazon.com/firehd8-kids-edition. The Fire 7 starts at £50/$50. The TV packs Amazon's Fire TV interface and comes with a Voice Remote with Alexa, allowing it to double as an Echo. Screen resolution (1280x800), battery life (12 hours) and CPU (Quad-core 1.3 Ghz) are all the same as on the previous HD 8, The price, however, dropped to $79.99 (down from $89.99). Both tablets also support offline downloads for Prime members, Netflix plans, and Showtime subscribers, plus On Deck, a feature that automatically downloads popular Prime movies, TV shows, and Amazon Original Series so customers never have to worry about being caught without entertainment.
Just prior to the launch I spoke to Kevin Keith, Amazon's general manager for Fire Tablets, and we talked about the improvements. The premium network is offered nationwide through cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors. The TV sets will also roll out under the Westinghouse brand depending on which market they're sold in.
The Fire for Kids Unlimited schemes, included with the tablets for a year, also gives access to educational apps. Not only has the online retail titan refreshed the 7-inch Fire, Fire HD 8 and 7-inch Fire Kids tablet, it's rolled out a child-friendly version of its 8-inch slate.
Both tablets now come with Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant in the United Kingdom - the same one available through the Fire TV set-top boxes and Amazon's Echo devices - allowing users to get information, control smart-home devices and play media with voice commands. Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids EditionAs for the Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, it's exactly the same as the Kindle Fire 7 Kids Edition, except you get a larger display with 720p, 32GB of storage and a longer lasting battery.
Then there are the Kids Editions of these tablets - $100/£100/120 for the 7 model and $130/£130/140 for the 8. The tablet is now available for preorder and will release next month.
EVERYTHING SELLER Amazon has launched a duo of new budget Fire tablets that are the first to come to Blighty with Alexa baked-in.