Amazon today announced that it has updated its Fire HD 8 tablet. It says that this HD tablet has been designed from the ground up to provide all-day entertainment to users. The tablet has an 8-inch display and runs on a quad-core processor, the Amazon Fire HD 8 now offers 12 hours of battery life aside from 50 percent more RAM for increased performance. Amazon also says that the Fire HD 8 now offers twice the onboard storage as its predecessor and supports up to 200GB of external storage via microSD card.

The biggest addition has to be that of Amazon’s digital personal assistant which was introduced to the world with the Amazon Echo smart speakers. The Fire HD 8 features Alexa – this is the first time that Alexa has been included in an Amazon tablet.

Alexa enables users to do much more by simply giving out voice commands. It can play music, launch games, read audiobooks, search the web for answers, and do so much more. The company has also confirmed that Alexa will be rolled out to last year’s Fire HD 8 tablets via an over-the-air software update in the coming months.

Additional features of this tablet include front and rear facing cameras, Dolby Audio, screen sharing, and a whole host of software features. Interested customers can pre-order the new Fire HD 8 starting today with either 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage with prices starting at $89.99.

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