Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 8 tablet is available at an enticingly low price, but should you really buy Kindle Fire HD 8 or go for Kindle Fire HD 10 tablet? Here is Kindle Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10 comparison to help you decide.
Kindle Fire HD 8 Vs Fire HD 10 Comparison
Let us get started with this Kindle Fire HD 8 Vs Fire HD 10 comparison by taking a look at the major specs of these two tablets from Amazon in an easy to understand tabular format.
Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10 Specs Comparison
|Features||Kindle Fire HD 8||Kindle Fire HD 10|
|Size||8.4″ x 5.0″ x 0.4″||10.3″ x 6.3″ x 0.4″|
|Weight||369 Grams||500 Grams|
|Screen||8″ HD||10.1″ HD|
|Display||1280 x 800, 189 ppi||1920 x 1200, 224 ppi|
|Storage||16, 32 GB||32, 64 GB|
|Expandable Storage||Up to 256 GB||Up to 256 GB|
|Processor||1.3 GHZ Quad-core||1.4~1.8 GHZ Quad Core|
|RAM||1.5 GB||2 GB|
|Rear Camera||2 MP, 720p||2 MP, 720p|
|Audio||Dolby Stereo Speakers||Dolby Stereo Speakers|
|Battery Life||12 Hours||10 Hours|
|Network||Dual Band WiFi||Dual Band WiFi|
*Price may vary due to sales/offers.
Now, let us get into details and take a closer look at some of the key specifications of Kindle Fire HD 8 and HD 10 Tablets.
Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10 – Size & Weight
- Kindle Fire HD 8: 8.4″ x 5.0″ x 0.4″, 369 grams
- Kindle Fire HD 10: 10.3″ x 6.3″ x 0.4″, 500 grams
Obviously due to its larger size, Kindle Fire HD 10 weighs more than Fire HD 8 tablet, which in theory makes Fire HD 8 more portable and easy to carry around.
Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10 – Display
- Kindle Fire HD 8: 1280 x 800 (189 ppi)
- Kindle Fire HD 10: 1920 x 1200 (224 ppi)
Kindle Fire HD 10 offers a full HD display (1080p), in comparison the display on Kindle Fire HD 8 tablet is only 720p and not full HD.
Also, the resolution on Fire HD 10 works out to be about 15% higher than Fire HD 8. This difference becomes clearly evident when you put the two tablets side by side.
Videos and Movies definitely look better on Fire HD 10 and this would be the main reason to go for Kindle Fire HD 10, in case you do not mind paying a bit more for a better display.
Fire HD 8 vs Fire HD 10 – Storage
- Kindle Fire HD 8: 16, 32 GB
- Kindle Fire HD 10: 32, 64 GB
Both Kindle Fire HD 8 and HD 10 tablets provide ample native storage, with Fire HD 8 providing a minimum of 16 GB storage and also being available in a 32 GB version. In comparison, Fire HD 10 starts off with a generous 32 GB, while also being available in a 64 GB version.
In addition to this, you can extend the storage capacity of both these tablets up to 256 GB by using MicroSD Cards. Also, Amazon provides Free Cloud Storage for Videos, Apps, Music and Books that you purchase from Amazon.
Kindle Fire HD 8 Vs Fire HD 10 – Processor & RAM
- Kindle Fire HD 8: 1.3 GHZ, 1.5 GB RAM
- Kindle Fire HD 10: 1.4 ~ 1.8 GHZ, 2 GB RAM
Kindle Fire HD 8 is powered by a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor with 1.5 GB RAM, while Kindle Fire HD 10 tablet is powered by a quad-core processor with 2 cores capable of clocking up to 1.8 GHZ speed and the other 2 cores capable of 1.4GHz speed, with 2GB of RAM.
While the difference in speed is not huge, it can be noticed that Kindle Fire HD 10 does offer smoother and faster performance, compared to Fire HD 8 tablet.
Kindle Fire HD 8 Vs Fire HD 10 – Camera
- Kindle Fire HD 8: VGA Front, 2 MP Rear
- Kindle Fire HD 10: 720P Front, 2 MP Rear
As you can see from above, Kindle Fire HD 10 has a better front facing Camera, compared to the Fire HD 8 tablet.
However, the Cameras on both Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 are pretty basic and it wouldn’t be incorrect to term them as disappointing. There is really not much that you can do with the Rear Cameras on both these devices.
Kindle Fire HD 8 Vs Fire HD 10 – Battery Life
- Kindle Fire HD 8: 12 Hours
- Kindle Fire HD 10: 10 Hours
According to Amazon, the Battery on Kindle Fire HD 8 is rated to last up to 12 hours on a single charge, while the battery on Fire HD 10 is rated to last up to 10 hours.
Both these tablets have received positive feedback on their battery life, with most users reporting at least 10 hours battery life for Fire HD 8 tablet and 8 hours for Fire HD 10.
Kindle Fire HD 8 Vs Fire HD 10 – Alexa
- Kindle Fire HD 8: Using Home button
- Kindle Fire HD 10: Hands-Free
Both Kindle Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets come with built-in support for Alexa. However, the key difference is that only Fire HD 10 supports hands-free use. On Fire HD 8 tablet, you will be required to hold down the home button, every time you want to interact with Alexa.
The hands-free Alexa feature in Kindle Fire HD 10 is similar to using Alexa on Amazon Echo, which practically means that you will be able to Play Songs, Read Audiobooks, Control Lights and the Thermostat in your House using only voice commands on Fire HD 10 tablet.
Kindle Fire HD 8 Vs Fire HD 10 – Warranty
- Kindle Fire HD 8: 90-days
- Kindle Fire HD 10: 12 Months
Another key difference between the two tablets that can be easily overlooked is Warranty. Kindle Fire HD 10 comes with a full 1-year warranty, whereas Fire HD 8 comes with a 90-day warranty.
Kindle Fire HD 8 Vs Fire HD 10 – Connectivity
The connectivity options in both these tablets include – Dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n with support for WEP, WPA, WPA2 security using password authentication or WPS WiFi protected setup.
Both Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 support 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi bands, which should help you connect faster to the internet.
Connecting the latest Bluetooth headphones and speakers won’t be a problem, as both tablets support Bluetooth 4.1.
Should You Buy Fire HD 8 or Fire HD 10?
The bigger screen, higher pixel density and faster processor on Fire HD 10 does make a difference. Hence, go for Kindle Fire HD 10, in case you have Amazon Prime and watch a lot of movies and Videos.
Hands-Free Alexa is another feature that tilts the balance in favor of the Fire HD 10 tablet.
However, if you already have an Echo Dot (for Hands Free Alexa) and mostly watch Movies and Videos on TV, you are better off saving money by going for the 16 GB version of Fire HD 8 tablet.
- Check Current Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 Prices at Amazon