New Fire tablet announced: and Alexa is coming to some older model Fires

New Fire tablet announced: and Alexa is coming to some older model Fires

Apple may not have announced a new iPad this week, but Amazon announced a new

All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet, 8″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

It can be pre-ordered now for release on September 21st.

It is new and improved…

  • The battery now lasts up to 12 hours
  • It has twice the storage…it comes in 16GB and 32GB models, and you can add an SD card for up to 200GB more
  • It has 1.5GB of RAM…50% more
  • It comes in your choice of four colors: black; tangerine; magenta; and blue
  • “Blue Shade”, which shifts the color spectrum of the Fire so it won’t tend to keep you awake at night, will now be able to automatically activate and deactivate based on local sunrise and sunset

Most importantly to me, Alexa is coming to this device…and some older Fire tablets! That’s the “parse-onality” of the Amazon Echo. I use Alexa every day on a variety of devices. It gives me information, plays music, and controls the lights in our house.

In this

press release

it says that Alexa will be coming to the following Fire models in the coming months:

all-new Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, Fire and last year’s Fire HD 8 tablets

Where it says just “Fire” there, that’s the least expensive model.

This new model is $89.99 in the least expensive configuration (16GB, ad-supported). The “Fire” is $49.99.

I had said I thought Amazon would likely introduce new hardware…here it is. 🙂 There may be more coming…

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.


One Response to “New Fire tablet announced: and Alexa is coming to some older model Fires”

  1. Tom Semple Says:

    Note that as of a week or two ago, 4th generation Fires can get update to 5.3.3, same as the newer tablets. This includes Alexa skills.

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