Amazon makes a few good cheap tablets as well and the company today announced a new model of its Fire HD 8 tablet. Not much has been changed on the design front, there’s only so much you can do for a budget tablet’s design anyway, but the new model does come with improved specifications which will give customers more bang for their buck.

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The Fire HD 8 tablet is powered by a quadcore 1.3GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM. The front-facing camera has been updated and it’s a 2 megapixel sensor now with the capability to record 720p video. There’s 16GB of onboard storage in addition to support for up to 400GB microSD cards.

The Fire HD 8 gets support for hands-free Alexa as well so it can be used to control smart home devices or read an Audible book when the tablet’s screen is on standby. It can also be hooked up with the Show Mode Charging Dock which retails for $40 to essentially double as an Echo Show.

The company announced a new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet today as well. The tablet comes with a protective bumper, a year’s worth of Freetime Unlimited, a two-year guarantee, and support for more than 1,000 Audible titles. For those who are unaware, Freetime Unlimited is Amazon’s kid-friendly content hub with videos, books, and other educational content.

Amazon is now taking pre-orders for the Fire HD 8 at $79.99.

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