Amazon's new Fire HD 8 looks a lot like last year's Fire HD 8, but there are a few key differences, the biggest of which is the new lower price tag. Much lower, in fact: $90 or £90, which converts to about AU$115. By comparison the Apple iPad Mini 4 costs $400, £379 or AU$569.
The previous generation Fire HD 8 started at $150 (£130 or AU$215). That model came with only 8GB of storage while this new one includes 16GB, with an expansion slot for adding microSD memory cards up to 200GB in capacity.
While the quad-core processor is a new chip, Amazon says the real performance boost will come from a bump in RAM from 1GB to 1.5GB. And battery life life, thanks to a larger battery, is up to 12 hours.
The other noteworthy feature addition isn't available yet, but will be in the next few months: Alexa, the cloud-based voice service, makes her debut on Fire tablets. To activate Alexa, you'll have to press a virtual button (with the Echo you simply have to say her name -- so long as you're connected to the Internet). You can use voice commands to tell Alexa to play music, launch games, read audiobooks, deliver weather reports and more.
It's also worth mentioning that Alexa won't be available only on the new Fire HD 8. She's also coming to the Fire HD 10, Fire and last year's Fire HD 8 tablets via a free over-the-air software update in the coming months.
Shipping September 21, here are the new Fire HD 8's key specs and features: