Amazon announced the Fire HD 8 2022, which is the 12th Gen of the Fire Tablet, on September 21, 2022. You can get your hands on it from October 19.
Fire HD 8 2022 (12th Gen) shares a similar size and design, almost identical display, and identical RAM, compared to the previous generation of Fire HD 8 (Fire HD 2020/10th Gen).
So, what is new in Fire HD 8 2022 (12th Gen) vs Fire HD 8 2020 (10th Gen)?
This Fire tablet buying guide explains the six changes or improvements in the Fire HD 8 2022 (12th Gen) vs Fire HD 8 2020 (10th Gen), including Fire OS 8, a Hexa-core processor, 13-hour battery life, swapped locations for the power and volume buttons, 5MP rear camera for the Plus model, and $10 price hike.
1. Fire OS 8
Fire HD 8 2022 (12th Gen) is the second Fire tablet with the latest Fire OS: Fire OS 8.
You can use all new features and improvements in Fire OS 8 with the new Fire HD 8 2022 (12th Gen), e.g.,
- Improved security and privacy options.
- Native screen recorder.
- System-wide dark theme. You may check this guide on how to use and schedule the Dark Theme.
- High-efficiency image file (HIEF) support.
- Restricted background activities
Please note Fire OS 8 does NOT work with the Google Play store. You can NOT sideload Google Play Store on the 12th Gen Fire HD 8, as you did for previous generations of Fire tablets.