It looks like the Echo family of smart speakers aren’t the only products that are finally crossing the 49th parallel. After far too long, Canadians can now (officially) get their hands on the same Amazon Fire tablets that have been available to our American cousins for some time. This includes both the Amazon Fire 7 and the Amazon Fire HD 8.

Amazon Fire Tablets Now Available in Canada Too

These Fire tablets are not at all meant to compete at the higher end of the market against devices like the iPad Pro and Galaxy Tab S series. They’re meant to provide you with the core features and hardware that you need at a price that won’t destroy your budget. The point is to deliver “incredible value” to consumers.

Each of the two tablets is offered in two capacities, and they both come with an expandable memory card slot if you need more space. They both use the same quad-core 1.3GHz processor, come with the same 1-year limited warranty, and feature the same VGA front-facing and 2MP rear facing cameras.

Aside from physical size and capacity, the three other main differences are screen resolution, battery life and audio. The Fire 7 has a 1024 x 600 pixel (171 ppi) 7-inch display, 8-hour battery, and a mono speaker. The Fire HD 8 has a 1280 x 800 pixel (189 ppi) 8-inch display, 12-hour battery, and Dolby Atmos-enabled dual stereo speakers. Both tablets have a built-in microphone too.

I’ve got some good news and some bad news to go along with this announcement. While the American Amazon store offers both the Fire 7 and the Fire HD 8 in a range of different colors, the Canadian store only offers these tablets in black. You could always throw on a case for some added personality.


As of this writing, both the Fire 7 tablet and the Fire HD 8 tablet are available and in stock on the Canadian Amazon.ca store and they say it’ll arrive before Christmas. The only exception to this is the 16GB variant of the Fire 7, which is showing that it won’t be back in stock until December 28.

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