The brand new Hearth 8. It appears to be like identical to the outdated Hearth 8. [credit: Amazon ]
Two years after the earlier model, Amazon is introducing a brand new Hearth HD Eight pill for 2022. Amazon claims the brand new mannequin is “quicker, lighter, and powered by all-day battery life.” As traditional, the value is dust low cost: $99.99 for the Hearth Eight HD and $119.99 for the higher-spec “Hearth Eight HD Plus” mannequin. Amazon did not provide a full spec sheet forward of the launch, however there must be particulars on the Amazon Developer web site ultimately.
This is what we do know. There’s some sort of eight-core SoC (most likely a Mediatek), which Amazon says is “30 % quicker” than the MT8168 within the 2020 Hearth 8. The bottom mannequin has 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage, and a MicroSD slot. Amazon guarantees “13 hours” of battery life, however the outdated Hearth Eight HD had the identical hour ranking from a 4,850 mAh battery. The pill costs in 5 hours by way of a bottom-of-the-barrel 5 W USB-C energy adapter.
The “Plus” mannequin raises the bar a bit for $20 extra. You get 3GB of RAM, wi-fi charging, a whopping 9 W USB-C charger, and “sharper photos” from an improved 5MP rear digicam. The wi-fi charging dock holds the pill in an upright place and can let it kick over into an Alexa good show mode, identical to an Echo Present. From the skin, the Plus mannequin appears to be like an identical to the traditional Hearth 8.
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