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Amazon's Fire HD 8 could be the cheap tablet we've been waiting for

Fire HD 8

Amazon has announced a refresh of the Fire HD 8, with a vastly cheaper price and new innards, and it may be the first tablet in a while from the retail giant that's worth picking up.

The Fire HD 8 features an 8-inch display with a pixel resolution of 1280 x 800, equalling 189 pixels per inch. The slate is powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz processor and 1.5GB of RAM.

Amazon has doubled the storage from the last Fire HD 8 range to 16GB or 32GB – how much is available to use is unclear, but we'd expect around 11GB on the smallest option.

There's also microSD support for cards up to 200GB, and a 4,750mAh battery. The tablet features front and rear cameras – we don't yet have info on the specs for those – and Dolby Audio stereo speakers.

Going Underground

The new Fire HD 8 runs the latest Fire OS 5 software, and you also get access to Amazon Underground, a separate store which only offers free apps and games that don't include in-app payments.

Design-wise the tablet is the same as the previous Fire HD 8, with a rugged yet sleek feeling design; the plastic back doesn't scream premium though. Color-wise you've got the choice of black, magenta, blue or tangerine.

Pre-orders for the new Fire HD 8 are open now, with the 16GB version starting at $89.99 / £89.99. That's more than half the price of an iPad Mini 2, the cheapest iOS tablet you can buy right now, and a similar price to the EE Harrier tab, which you can only buy in the UK. Shipping will begin on September 21.

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James Peckham

James is Phones Editor for TechRadar and covers all the big announcements from the best manufacturers making mobile phones, tablets and wearables. Based in London, James is often testing out the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, VR headsets and - when he can be motivated to go outside - fitness bands. Be sure to follow him on Twitter for all the latest from the mobile world.