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Amazon Fire HD 8 and 8 Plus tablets are the latest and affordable iPad alternatives

If you’re in the market for a new budget tablet then you’re in luck, because Amazon has just announced a new and improved version of the Fire HD 8, in addition to an Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus, which is a totally new device from the company.

With a starting price of $89.99 / £89.99, the new Amazon Fire HD 8 has an 8-inch 1280 x 800 screen with 189 pixels per inch, a 2GHz quad-core chipset, 2GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB storage, a microSD card slot, 2MP cameras on both front and back, and offers up to 12 hours of battery life.

Those are basic specifications to be sure, but they’re significantly cheaper than even the most affordable iPad 10.2. The new Fire HD 8 also appears to offer up to 30% faster performance than Amazon’s Fire HD 8 (2018) and features twice the storage space and a USB-C port instead of the outdated micro USB.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 plus meanwhile ups the RAM to 3GB, supports wireless charging, comes with a faster 9W charger in the box, and comes with three months of Kindle Unlimited. This will reset you $109.99 / £109.99. You can also order the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus bundled with a new wireless charging dock for $139.99 / £139.98.

And that’s not all, because Amazon has also launched a new Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition. This is the priciest of the bunch for $139.99 / £139.99 and comes with the same core specifications as the standard Amazon Fire HD 8, but with a tougher childproof case complete with an adjustable stand.

It also includes built-in parental controls and an annual subscription to Fire for Kids, which offers almost endless child-friendly content. All three models are available to order in advance from Amazon in a range of colors, and they will begin shipping on June 3.

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