Specs summary

Screen
8"

The Amazon Fire HD 8's screen is 8 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3GHz

There is a MediaTek Quad core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Fire OS 5 operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown


Despite some small drawbacks, you just won't find a tablet with these features and performance at this price.

- David Carnoy , Cnet 

Reviews summary

7.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 12 reviews

What's good  

  • Good audio quality
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Good battery life
  • Decent color accuracy and viewing angles

What's bad  

  • Sluggish performance
  • Low resolution display
  • Poor camera quality
  • Cheap build quality

Amazon's Fire series has lagged behind Android and Apple. In an attempt to rake in a larger market share, they have lowered the prices on their tablets to budget prices. Besides being cheap, the Fire HD 8 is also the first 8-inch tablet from Amazon. At just 0.3 inches thick and only 311 grams it was very comfortable and easy for critics to use for an extended amount of time. Amazon has also stepped away from its black-backed design for a more colorful approach as users can now choose from magenta, blue or tangerine. While reviewers appreciated the pop of color, they were disappointed with how cheap it felt and the amount of fingerprints and dust the back attracted.

The 8-inch LCD display offers a low resolution of only 1280 x 800 for a pixel density of 189ppi. Unsurprisingly, experts noticed pixellation around text and especially when viewing movies. Despite being marketed as a multimedia device, they noticed colors tended to be fairly dull and lacked the visual punch found even on other budget tablets. With that said, they add it does have excellent viewing angles, decent color accuracy and good contrast.

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The quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM mean the Fire HD 8 doesn't have the fastest performance. Even at the best of times, reviewers noticed slowdowns even during basic navigation. When connected to Wi-Fi they noticed a further drop in performance. Launching and switching between apps often took several seconds and the camera also took some time to actually snap and display the captured image. Still, they were pleasantly surprised that it was able to handle most games at a good frame rate so long as there were no other apps running the background. They were also impressed with the battery life as it lasted a solid 5 hours of consistent video streaming, which translated to almost two days of moderate use. The only downside to the battery that reviewers found was its recharge time as it took several hours to go from empty to full.

The Fire HD 8 has two cameras: a 5MP rear camera and a 720p front camera. Experts weren't expecting too much so weren't let down when the images were low on detail and grainy even in good lighting situations. They were frustrated with how long it took to actually take a picture, especially in HDR mode as it took 3-4 seconds. The front camera was likewise unimpressive though they found it adequate for video calls.

The biggest highlight of the Fire HD 8 is its sound quality. While reviewers don't qualify it as amazing, most were impressed with its loudness and overall accuracy. Stuff.TV says, "It's good enough to make casual music listening using them more-than bearable." Others agree and add that it sounds better than even some flagship smartphones.

Overall, experts have a hard time recommending the Fire HD 8. Laptopmag states, "The Fire HD 8 misses the mark, due to a low-resolution display, sluggish performance and a cheap overall design." Techradar adds, "Unless this is your first tablet…I'd look elsewhere…For all its shortcomings, however, Amazon has made a likeable tablet…"


Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)


The Wirecutter

Amazon-powered media tablet

from The Wirecutter
Most people use tablets for streaming video, browsing the web, and reading. The Amazon Fire HD 8 excels at all three. It uses Amazon’s services, not Google’s, which means no Google Play Store or Google apps by default (though you can add them, with effort, if you’re technically inclined). A $90 tablet still involves a lot of compromises, but Amazon has refined its tablet formula over the years. Despite a low-end, quad-core processor and only 1.5 GB of RAM, the tablet still manages solid performance for basic tasks... Full review
TabletPCReview

Decent option for light personal use

from TabletPCReview
Despite its sub-$100 price, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is a decent option for people looking for a budget tablet for light personal use. The screen is large enough for ebooks and video, and this model makes a good choice for Amazon Prime subscribers, especially given its immense battery life... Full review
Recombu

Affordable respectable, performance

from Recombu
If you’re after a simple and affordable family tablet boasting fast access to all of your Amazon Prime content, then the All-New Fire HD 8 tablet is a worthy purchase. The hardware is basic but backed up by lots of great software features, and the sub-£100 price point makes it easy on the wallet... Full review
Alphr

Not the slickest thing, but great for kids and parents

from Alphr
The Fire HD 8 isn’t the slickest tablet around. Its camera is a bit naff, it isn’t particularly quick and it feels a touch on the cheap side, but for £90 the rest of it isn’t half bad. For media streaming and web browsing, it’s great, the battery life is exceptional, and I really like Amazon’s family-orientated Fire OS software... Full review
Laptop Magazine

Fantastic battery life, decent performance, bright display, great value

from Laptop Magazine
Amazon took last year's Fire HD 8, fixed its performance issues and added three more hours of battery life. Not only is it arguably the best mid-size Amazon tablet, but the company's decisions to cut the price and double its storage make it an even more alluring purchase... Full review
Cnet

A cheap tablet that's actually good

from Cnet
The bottom line is that if you are a Prime user, the 2016 edition of the HD 8 is a great value -- and an excellent option for kids who don't really need an expensive iPad. (Amazon offers extensive parental controls.) Despite its middling display, you just won't find a tablet with these features and performance at this price point... Full review
Expert Reviews

A great budget tablet

from Expert Reviews
Despite its shortfalls, Amazon’s latest Fire HD 8 tablet is quite the tablet. At just £90 for the basic 16GB version, its excellent battery life, superb build quality and decent performance make it a great choice for those looking to save a bit of money, and it’s a particularly good choice for kids. It has its shortcomings, but at this price, you’d be hard-pushed to find a better value Android tablet for less. It wins a Recommended award... Full review
The Inquirer

Cheap and almost cheerful entry-level tablet

from The Inquirer
With middling performance and a somewhat dated specs sheet, the Fire HD 8 is not a tablet to be taken too seriously. It certainly won't keep Apple or Samsung awake at night, but with its family-friendly credentials maybe that was never the intention... Full review
Tech Advisor

A brilliant combination of function and value

from Tech Advisor

The Amazon Fire HD 8 ticks a lot of the right boxes. It’s affordable, well built and plays back video to an exceptionally high standard. But we’ll say it again – you need Amazon Prime to fully enjoy it. It’s not that it is a complete necessity, but the prominence in the operating system of Amazon’s own apps and services means without a Prime membership it’s a frustrating user experience. This caveat aside, it’s an incredibly priced media consumption tablet that exemplifies Amazon’s place in the low-end market – this over makes it an attr... Full review

TrustedReviews

A family tablet

from TrustedReviews
A likeable tablet, but one whose price isn’t quite low enough to excuse the low-res screen and average performance... Full review

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 30, 2015
Regions available USA, United Kingdom, Europe, North America
Networks
No cellular data
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Fire OS 5

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Secondary OS No
Processor MediaTek Quad core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB or 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS No
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 5 hours
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
E-book Reader No
Colors Black, Blue, Magenta, Tangerine
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.3 x 12.7 x 0.8 cm
(8.4 x 5 x 0.3 in)
Weight 311 grams
(11 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 189 pixels
Size 8 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Unknown
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups Unknown
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Amazon Silk
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Geotagging, White balance, Exposure compensation
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Unknown
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Unknown
Timer Unknown
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer AZW, BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, HTML, JPG, MOBL, PDF, TXT
Weather Unknown
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
Notepad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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