With the Fire HD 8, Amazon aims to offer a larger screen at a low price to the average media-consuming tablet user. Fire tablets, except for the Fire HD 10, have usually found themselves among other budget tablets in terms of pricing and specifications, but the Fire HD 8 brings in improved performance, memory, audio quality and battery life to offer a package that far exceeds its cost, something that is sure to turn heads in the future.
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Featuring an 8-inch widescreen HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, Fire HD 8 comes with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz, a RAM 50% more powerful than its predecessor, and as high as 32GB of internal storage along with a MicroSD slot to let you save as many movies as you wish.
The stand-out feature in Fire HD 8 is a 4,750 mAh battery which offers as long as 12 hours of usage on a single charge, even though actual runtime will depend on how you plan on using it. Along with front and rear cameras, the tablet also features Dolby Audio-powered stereo speakers for better sound quality.
Fire HD 8 runs on Fire OS 5 which not only supports existing features, but also brings in a magazine-like interface to let you browse through content and search for new ones easier than ever. At the same time, Amazon Underground app store offers all apps and in-app purchases for free, letting you play your favourite games to your heart's content without worrying about paying up. Needless to say, the tablet will let you access millions of Amazon content including TV shows, movies, apps, books, games as well as all the free cloud storage that you will ever need.
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Available in Black, Magenta, Blue and Tangerine colours on the Amazon website, Fire HD 8 is available at prices starting from £89.99. Pre-orders of the tablet are now open and if you pre-order now, you'll be among the first ones to receive the tablet once Amazon starts shipping them from21st September.
If you like Amazon's content, the free cloud storage and the free apps but want a more powerful tablet, you can go for the £169.99 Fire HD 10. It comes with a 10.1-inch HD display, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options and 5-MP and HD front-facing cameras.