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, similar micro SD card support, 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
You may refer to this guide on how to use the new features in Fire OS 8.
2. Faster processor
Fire HD 8 2022 (12th Gen) is now powered by a 2.0 GHz Hexa-core processor, MediaTek MT8169A. However, this chipset is not well documented. Amazon claims this processor is 30% faster than the quad-core processor (MediaTek MT8168) in the previous generation of Fire HD 8 (Fire HD 8 2020). This may help if you often use the split-screen multi-window features.
Anyway, more CPU cores at the same clock speed will surely make the tablet potentially faster.
The GPU in the latest model is not changed. It is still Mali-G52.
3. Slightly longer battery life
Fire HD 8 2022 (12th Gen) has a battery life of 13 hours. So it is one hour longer than that of the previous gen.
Of course, the actual time you can achieve depends on the apps used, connection conditions, and screen brightness settings. But overall, very few owners complained about the battery life of the Fire tablets.
Although the port in the 12th Gen Fire HD 8 is USB-C, the bundled charger is only 5W for the standard version. 9W charger is only bundled with the Plus version. So, if you want to benefit from the USB-C charging for the standard version, you need to get a new power adapter/charger.
As usual, a wireless charger is NOT included in the Plus version of Fire HD 8 2022. You need to buy it separately or use your existing Qi wireless charger if you want to benefit from the wireless charging for the Plus version.
The Fire HD 8 2022 (12th Gen) design looks similar to the Fire HD 8 2020.
There is a subtle change in the button layout. The location of the power button and volume button was swapped, compared to the previous generation of Fire HD 8.
The new button layout is consistent with the 12th Gen Fire 7. Amazon will likely use this layout in the coming Fire tablet (Fire HD 10 2023) as well. When you take screenshots with the Power button+Volume down button, you need to pay attention to this change.
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5. 5MP rear camera for the Plus model only
Just like for the previous generation of Fire HD 8, there is a Plus model (Fire HD 8 Plus 2022) with 1GB more RAM and wireless charging support.
However, for the 12th Gen, Amazon throws in an upgraded 5MP rear camera for the Plus version.
It would have been better if Amazon had used this camera sensor for the front camera. Very few Fire tablet users rely on the tablet to take photos. But some use the tablet for video/zoom calls frequently.
6. $10 more expensive
Starting from Fire 7 2022, Amazon increased the price of the Fire tablets.
All versions of the 12th Gen Fire HD 8 see a $10 price hike compared to the previous generation of Fire HD 8 with the matching storage option. The 32GB version of the 12th Gen Fire HD 8 is now priced at $99. You need to pay $20 more to get the Plus model and $30 more to get the Kids edition.
However, no other tablets in the market can beat Fire tablets on the “value for money”.
Also, you can always buy the latest Fire tablet at discounted prices during several rounds of promotions each year.
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