Amazon Reveals £90 "Premium" Fire HD 8

By James O Malley on at

Amazon has today announced a 2016 version of its Fire HD 8 tablet - and is slashing the price for good measure.

The company says that the 8" tablet has 50% more RAM, twice the storage and support for MicroSD cards up to 200 GB.

The screen is 1280x800 with 189ppi (so not quite full HD, alas), there's a quad-core 1.3ghz processor, and 1.5GB of RAM - and it'll have either 16 or 32GB of internal storage. The company reckons you'll get 12 hours of battery life from the device. Whether this counts as "premium" or not is up to you.

It'll also, of course, run Amazon's own fork of Android, which comes complete with all of the Amazon-specific features you might expect like X-Ray (overlaid data on actors while watching films) and ASAP (pre-buffering video), and so on.

The most interesting thing though is the price: It'll be £89.99 - down £40 on the 2015 8" Fire, and a bullish move by the company. Presumably the £50 Fire tablet must have been selling okay.