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Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (2020): Do we really need two Fire HD 8 versions?

Offers wireless charging with the QI standard: The Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (2020)
Offers wireless charging with the QI standard: The Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (2020)
In addition to the update of the Fire HD 8, Amazon is also bringing a Plus version of the affordable Android tablet to the market. However, the low price difference leads us to the question: why?
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When you place the Amazon Fire HD 8 and the Fire HD 8 Plus next to each other, you cannot see any difference. Their insides also contain the same Mediatek MT8168 SoC and ARM-Mali-G52-MP1 graphics unit. In addition, there are either 32 GB or 64 GB of working memory, depending on the selection of the customer. Our measurements also attest similarly good values to the displays of both models, and the camera equipment is identical.

The "large" difference lies in the amount of working memory, which is 3 GB in the Plus version and only 2 GB in the standard version. In addition, there is the option to be able to charge the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (2020) also wirelessly. Owners of a QI charging pad can also use this for their Fire tablet, and the Amazon charging station can be used for other QI-capable devices as well.

Wireless charging and more working memory sound like a useful addition, which currently costs interested buyers only 16 Euros more (~$19) with the ad-supported price that includes "special offers." The price difference for the Fire HD 8 versions without ads is also only 20 Euros (~$24). 

After our tests of both tablets only show a very small additional value in the system performance from the additional working memory, the question remains why Amazon offers these two versions at all. One possibility would be that in this way, the price of the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) with ads could be below 100 Euros (~$118) which would make it more attractive for very price-conscious buyers. Our test shows what buyers of the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (2020) can expect from the tablet for the slightly higher purchase price.

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 408 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 222 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Mike Wobker, 2020-08-15 (Update: 2020-08-13)