Amazon has upgraded its 8-inch children's tablet series, added more expandable storage space and an overhaul to the user interface to make it easier to find content on the device.
The new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (2018) has been announced at the same time as a new Fire HD 8 (2018) and, when it comes to hardware specifications, it is the same tablet.
These specifications include an 8-inch HD screen, 32 GB of storage with up to 400 GB of expandable storage via a microSD card slot and a battery life of up to 10 hours.
The big differences here are that the Kids Edition tablet comes with child-friendly software and a great bumper around the device, which is there to protect it from bumps.
If this protection is not enough, Amazon bundles a worry-free two-year warranty. So, if it breaks – anyway – it will be replaced.
New user interface, audible for children
The new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (2018) comes with the year of Amazon Fire for Kids Unlimited, which offers 5,000 child-friendly books, videos, educational apps and games. Amazon has also revealed that a children's version of Audible will soon be added to the service.
A big change with the tablet is the arrival of a new user interface. Instead of scrolling sideways, there are now special rows based on the content type, making it even easier for children to find their favorite titles.
This UI addition comes at some point to other Kids Edition tablets thanks to a firmware upgrade.
When it comes to Alexa, it is still a no-show in the Kids Edition series. We asked Amazon about this and a spokesman said they knew this was a function that people were asking for, but there was no word if it would come to these devices in the future.
Since Amazon is working on Alexa for kids in the US on the Echo Dot range, we know for sure that this is something in the pipeline.
The new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (2018) is available for pre-order from £ 129.99 / $ 129.99. It is officially issued on October 4 and is delivered in blue, pink and yellow. You can also get the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablets as a multi-pack option. Buy two Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablets and save £ 50 / $ 50.