This year saw the release of the All-New Fire 7 tablets, but the HD 8 line hasn't had an upgrade since 2020.
The good news is that that's just changed and Amazon has now announced FOUR HD 8 new models for 2022.
These are : (links take you directly to the Amazon website where the tablets can now be ordered)
Here's a look at what's new with each device...
The twelfth generation of the Fire HD 8 is here. Whilst the changes don't appear to be huge, there are a few little improvements that will make this even more fun to use than its predecessor!
The main one is an increase in speed, thanks to an upgrade to a hexa-core processor from a quad-core. Amazon promises this tablet will be 30% faster than the previous version.
The 2022 Fire HD 8 is also being billed as 'lighter and thinner' than its predecessor. Well, that's true enough - but not by much.
The 2020 Fire HD 8 weighed 12.52 ounces - the new version weighs 11.88 ounces.
The 2020 Fire HD 8 measured 7.95 x 5.39 x 0.38 inches - the new version measures 7.94 by 5.4 by 0.37 inches.
To be honest, I don't think we'll be noticing much of a difference there!
At 2 GB RAM, the memory stays the same (although you get more with the All-New Fire HD 8 Plus - see below).
Storage options remain the same, too. You can choose between 32 GB or 64 GB of built-in storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card by up to 1 TB.
But there are some other changes, including:
The 'Plus' is essentially the premium version of the Fire HD 8. It offers everything you get with the basic version plus some nice enhancements.
At the time of writing, it is $20 more expensive than the base version - a relatively small price to pay (if you can afford it) considering the extra features.
The bad news? The All New Fire HD 8 Plus is (at the time of writing) $30 more expensive than its predecessor.
There are still 2 versions of the Kids' Fire tablets.
The All-New Fire HD 8 Kids is built for kids ages 3-7, whilst the The All-New Fire HD 8 Kids Pro is designed for kids aged 6-12.
Just like the adult versions, Amazon promises that these new versions will be 30% faster and will offer up to 13 hours of battery life.
One year of Amazon Kids+ is included with both models, which gives your children access to appropriate books, videos, audio books, games and apps.
With the Pro version, kids also have access to a digital store where they can purchase Ebooks and apps (with parental permission).
The Kids version still comes with a 2 year guarantee, which is a real bonus and gives you a lot more confidence to buy.
And for the first time, you can buy the All-New Fire HD 8 Kids in a case with a Disney design (Mickey Mouse or Disney Princess), although that will cost you $10 extra.
If you have an older Kindle Fire and want to upgrade to the latest version, you may have the option of trading it in.
See my article about the Amazon Trade-In Program for Fire Tablets to learn more.
Then consider buying a refurbished Fire tablet through the Amazon Renewed program. It comes with the same limited warranties as a brand new device!
Amazon makes it pretty easy to transfer to transfer content from your old Fire tablet when you upgrade. But it's important to realize that not EVERYTHING can be moved to your new device.
I'd love to hear your experiences with the 12th generation of the Fire HD 8.
If you order one of these new Fire tablets for 2022, please let me know what you think - good and bad - so I can share your experiences with other readers.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
I ♥ My Fire!