Amazon has announced a 2016 refresh to its flagship Fire HD range, with the addition of the new Amazon Fire HD 8.
Amazon’s Fire HD line-up is a cheap alternative to expensive tablet rivals running on iOS and Android. The latest entrant to the series is the Fire HD 8, a revamp of last year’s model that features an 8-inch screen, a quad-core processor, and a 12-hour battery life – all for £89.99.
Here are the new Fire HD 8 specs:
- 8-inch screen
- 1,280 x 800 pixel display (189ppi)
- 1.3GHz quad-core processor
- 1.5GB RAM
- 16/32GB storage
- MicroSD card slot (up to 200GB)
- Front and rear cameras
- Stereo speakers
The Fire HD 8 runs on Amazon’s custom-built Fire OS 5, which features a magazine-style UI and the Amazon Underground app store. Underground is packed with premium apps and games that are 100% free – no cost to download, and no in-app purchases either. Speaking about the new tablet, Jorrit Van der Meulen, VP of Amazon Devices in Europe, said:
“We believe in a different approach to tablets – providing premium products at non-premium prices – and customers love it. In fact, we’ve seen our Fire tablet sales more than double year-over-year as a result. The all-new Fire HD 8 packs more battery life, more storage, and faster performance – all for less than £90."
The new Fire HD 8 is available to pre-order starting today, with the 16GB model available for £89.99. You can get the tablet in black, magenta, blue, and tangerine colour options. There are also protective covers in those same colours for £24.99 apiece. Shipping for the new tablet starts on September 21, 2016.
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