Amazon has a new Fire HD 8 tablet and it costs £90

We're fans of the existing Fire HD 8, but a few improvements to the new model combined with a more affordable price tag could well push the new version of this budget tablet further up our list of favourites.

The Fire HD's 8in widescreen HD display remains the same and the tablet runs on Amazon's own Fire OS 5 operating system. Battery life is up to 12 hours, however, which is a big jump from the 8 hours of juice provided by the previous version.

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There's also a 50 per cent boost in the RAM department (up to 1.5GB) that should deliver faster performance, while you can now choose between 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage (compared to 8GB and 16GB). If this isn't enough, you can always expand this by up to 200GB via microSD memory card.

Arguably the biggest draw of the new model is the price. The tablet starts at £90, which sits well below the £130 Amazon asked for the 8GB original. On paper, it seems an interesting proposition but as always, the proof will be in the testing.

The new Fire HD 8 tablet is available to pre-order on Amazon now.

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Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.