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Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) Tablet Review: Updated Fire Tablet offers significantly more power

With 32GB of storage space in its base model. After two years, Amazon is giving the Fire HD 8 an update that not only refreshes its hardware, but also slightly modifies its design. As a result, users will be able to benefit from a slightly slimmer design and smoother system operation. Our test report shows what else the new Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) has to offer.
Mike Wobker, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Daniel Koenig),
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)

The Fire tablets from Amazon may not align themselves to the latest design trends, but they are known for their extremely affordable prices. The hardware remains fairly weak, but the performance is sufficient for the in-house manufactured FireOS and all kinds of Amazon services. As always, the Android tablet's low price of, at the time of this review, around 100 Euros (~$118) brings with it "special offers," ie advertisements, on the lock screen. At the time of this review, the Fire HD 8 (2020) without "special offers" costs only a little more at around 112 Euros (~$132).

For this test, we not only compare the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) with its predecessor, the Fire HD 8 (2018), but also with the competing products listed below. Further devices from our database can also be added in each section for comparison.  

Amazon Fire HD 8 2020 (Fire Series)
Processor
MediaTek MT8168 4 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
8 inch 16:10, 1280 x 800 pixel 189 PPI, kapazitiv, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 26 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm Audio Jack, Card Reader: microSD (FAT, FAT32, up to 1 TB), Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.7 x 202 x 137 ( = 0.38 x 7.95 x 5.39 in)
Battery
4850 mAh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 12 h
Operating System
Android 9.0 Pie
Camera
Primary Camera: 2 MPix 1600x1200 Resolution, Videos up to [email protected]
Secondary Camera: 2 MPix 1600x1200 Resolution, Videos up to [email protected]
Additional features
Speakers: 2 Speakers, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, USB plug-in charging cable, USB Type-C to Type-A cable, Fire OS 7.3.1, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
355 g ( = 12.52 oz / 0.78 pounds), Power Supply: 63 g ( = 2.22 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
100 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
81 %
08/2020
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
MT8168, Mali-G52 MP2
355 g9.7 mm8"1280x800
77 %
11/2018
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, Mali-T720
363 g9.7 mm8"1280x800
81 %
01/2020
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
Helio A22 MT6762M, PowerVR GE8320
305 g8.2 mm8"1280x800
80 %
01/2020
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
SD 429, Adreno 504
345 g8 mm8"1280x800
79 %
03/2019
Alldocube M8 T801
MT6797X, Mali-T880 MP4
345 g8.48 mm8"1920x1200

Case - Slimmer frames on the Fire HD 8 (2020)

The Fire HD 8 (2020) is enclosed in a plastic housing. The most noticeable innovation is the now evenly wide frame that runs around the display. Overall, the appearance of the Amazon tablet is rather simple and functional. Prospective buyers can also choose between a black and white design.

While the weight of the Fire HD (2020) has decreased slightly compared to the Fire HD 8 (2018), the more even frame construction means that the case is shorter and slightly wider.

Amazon Fire HD 8
Amazon Fire HD 8
Amazon Fire HD 8
Amazon Fire HD 8
Amazon Fire HD 8
Amazon Fire HD 8

Size Comparison

215 mm / 8.46 inch 128 mm / 5.04 inch 9.7 mm / 0.3819 inch 363 g0.8 lbs215 mm / 8.46 inch 122.9 mm / 4.84 inch 8.48 mm / 0.3339 inch 345 g0.761 lbs210 mm / 8.27 inch 124.4 mm / 4.9 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 345 g0.761 lbs202 mm / 7.95 inch 137 mm / 5.39 inch 9.7 mm / 0.3819 inch 355 g0.783 lbs199 mm / 7.83 inch 129 mm / 5.08 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 305 g0.672 lbs

Features - Amazon tablet offers a USB Type-C connection

Amazon installed a MediaTek-MT8168-SoC and 2GB of RAM in the Fire HD 8 (2020). An ARM-Mali-G52-MP1 GPU is responsible for displaying image content. There is also 32GB of eMMC flash memory, which can be expanded to 64 GB for an additional charge. A microSD card slot is available for memory expansion, which, according to the manufacturer, supports suitable memory cards with a size of up to one terabyte.

The charging port type has changed from the one used on the Fire HD 8 (2018). It still only supports the USB 2.0 standard, but it is now designed as a USB Type-C port rather than a microUSB port. A 3.5mm audio jack connection is also available on the new Amazon tablet. The Camera2 API is available with "Full" functionality. DRM Widevine L1 is also supported.

Top Side: Speaker
Top Side: Speaker
Left Side: no connections
Left Side: no connections
Bottom Side: microSD Card Slot
Bottom Side: microSD Card Slot
Right side: volume rocker, power button, microphone, 1x USB Type-C 2.0 connection, 3.5mm audio jack
Right side: volume rocker, power button, microphone, 1x USB Type-C 2.0 connection, 3.5mm audio jack

Software - Fire OS for Amazon customers

On the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020), users will use the manufacturer's own Fire OS, which is based on Android 9. The tablet comes with version 7.1.3 and, on the home screen, looks like a classic Android system. In addition, there are a number of tabs that grant access to various Amazon products. If the user's Amazon account is linked to the tablet, these tabs allow users to view music, audio books, videos and more. In addition, with Amazon Alexa, audio can be reliably used as an alternative operation method. 

Applications can be obtained from Amazon's app store. Although the app store is quite extensive, it is still a far cry from the diversity of the Google Play Store. Installing the latter manually is now quite easy, and there are many uncomplicated instructions on the Internet.

Users who have opted for the cheaper option with "special offers" will see advertisements on the standby screen that are updated regularly. For a small surcharge, the Amazon tablet can also be bought directly without advertisements; these can also be removed for a fee using Amazon after the device has been purchased.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Software
Amazon Fire HD 8 Software
Amazon Fire HD 8 Software
Amazon Fire HD 8 Software
Amazon Fire HD 8 Software
Amazon Fire HD 8 Software
Amazon Fire HD 8 Software
Amazon Fire HD 8 Software
Amazon Fire HD 8 Software
Amazon Fire HD 8 Software
Amazon Fire HD 8 Software
Amazon Fire HD 8 Software

Communication - Fast WiFi for the Amazon tablet

The cheap tablet from Amazon can only establish wireless connections via WLAN and Bluetooth. Compared to the previous model Fire HD 8 (2018), the new model moves from WiFi 4 to WiFi 5 and from Bluetooth 4.1 to Bluetooth 5.0. This enables significantly higher data transfer rates, which are also reflected in our WLAN test.

With our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router, the Fire HD 8 (2020) achieves average speeds of 330 Mbit/s when receiving data and 348 Mbit/s when transmitting data. It can therefore leave others in our test field in the dust and offers good WLAN performance.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
Mali-G52 MP2, MT8168, 32 GB eMMC Flash
330 (313min - 336max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
PowerVR GE8320, Helio A22 MT6762M, 32 GB eMMC Flash
294 (256min - 307max) MBit/s ∼89% -11%
Alldocube M8 T801
Mali-T880 MP4, MT6797X, 32 GB eMMC Flash
235 MBit/s ∼71% -29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
Adreno 504, SD 429, 32 GB eMMC Flash
101 (86min - 107max) MBit/s ∼31% -69%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
Mali-T720, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
99.9 (90min - 106max) MBit/s ∼30% -70%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
Mali-G52 MP2, MT8168, 32 GB eMMC Flash
348 (175min - 353max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
PowerVR GE8320, Helio A22 MT6762M, 32 GB eMMC Flash
271 (183min - 335max) MBit/s ∼78% -22%
Alldocube M8 T801
Mali-T880 MP4, MT6797X, 32 GB eMMC Flash
195 MBit/s ∼56% -44%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
Adreno 504, SD 429, 32 GB eMMC Flash
115 (109min - 121max) MBit/s ∼33% -67%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
Mali-T720, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
98.4 (82min - 110max) MBit/s ∼28% -72%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø330 (313-336)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø342 (175-353)

Cameras - For simple recordings only

Front Camera Picture
Front Camera Picture

Amazon equips both the main and the front camera of the Fire HD 8 (2020) with a 2 MP sensor. As a result, picture quality is only moderate, so details and fine structures appear somewhat blurred. However, the resolution seems sufficient for simple video chats. Users can only influence the image result by activating an optional HDR mode. A timer function is also available.

The main camera of the tablet from Amazon can take usable pictures in good light, though fine structures and details tend to blend together. While scenes can still be photographed well at close range, panoramas show clear blurring. Strong differences in brightness also cause colors to appear too dark. If the software-based zoom is used, this effect is further increased. Our test scene is no longer recognizable when photos are taken in low-light. The optional night mode delivers a better, but still rather mediocre, result. Users have the same setting options here as the ones described for the front camera.

The quality of the video recordings is similar to the quality of the photos. When switching between light and dark scenes, the camera needs a moment to adjust to the changed lighting conditions. In the settings menu, users can switch the quality between "HD 720p" and "SD 480p." A high frame rate mode or a similar option is not available.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

HauptkameraPanoramaZoom (Fire HD 8: 2-fach, Rest: 5-fach)LowLight

The camera in the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) can reproduce the ColorChecker Passport relatively well under controlled lighting conditions. The colors show only relatively small deviations; the colors can be either a little too light or a little too dark depending the color.

The picture of the test chart also has strong colors. However, there are blurred areas in the center of the image, and these intensify towards the edges. There is also a visible paleness in the corners.

ColorChecker
29.1 ∆E
54.1 ∆E
39.9 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
44.5 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
53.8 ∆E
35.6 ∆E
42.9 ∆E
27.4 ∆E
66.3 ∆E
64.7 ∆E
30.8 ∆E
49.8 ∆E
36.8 ∆E
77.1 ∆E
42.7 ∆E
45.9 ∆E
92.2 ∆E
70.7 ∆E
52.2 ∆E
37.1 ∆E
24 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Amazon Fire HD 8 2020: 47.23 ∆E min: 13.67 - max: 92.16 ∆E
ColorChecker
6.1 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
4 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
0.8 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
8 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Amazon Fire HD 8 2020: 5.32 ∆E min: 0.85 - max: 10.21 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - Compatible with QI charging stations

Fire HD 8 (2020) - Protective Case
Fire HD 8 (2020) - Protective Case

The Fire HD 8 (2020) only comes with a USB wall charger alongside a suitable USB Type-C cable. That said, Amazon offers more accessories for the cheap tablet.

Input devices & operation - Functional keyboard and solid touchscreen

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) has a simple keyboard app for entering text. If this is used in landscape format, it can be divided in the middle so that one half sits on the right edge and the other on the left edge of the display. The touchscreen reacts very directly to contact and reliably accepts inputs. Drag-and-drop and swipe movements are also easy to perform. There is also a position sensor, which adapts the tablet's alignment without any major delays. 

Fire HD 8 (2020) - Input
Fire HD 8 (2020) - Input
Fire HD 8 (2020) - Input
Fire HD 8 (2020) - Input

Display - Bright screen without PWM

Subpixel Grid
Subpixel Grid

The 8-inch screen of the Fire HD 8 (2020) has the same resolution as the Fire HD 8 (2018) with a resolution of 1280x800. However, our measurements confirm that the new Amazon tablet has a significantly higher brightness of 501 cd/m² when the ambient light sensor is deactivated. With the sensor activated, brightness levels of up to 512 cd/m² are possible. In the APL50 test, this value sinks a bit, but is still very good at 495 cd/m², which means that the Fire HD 8 (2020) leads in our test field. The lowest brightness level possible is 4.48 cd/m².

Our measurements also show that Amazon does not use PWM to control the brightness of the Fire HD 8 (2020). This makes the tablet suitable for users with sensitive eyes. Flickering starts at a very low brightness level of less than 6 percent. However, with a frequency of 65,790 Hz, the flickering frequency is high and should not pose any problems. 

445
cd/m²
482
cd/m²
455
cd/m²
427
cd/m²
501
cd/m²
459
cd/m²
454
cd/m²
484
cd/m²
456
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 501 cd/m² Average: 462.6 cd/m² Minimum: 4.48 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 501 cd/m²
Contrast: 2004:1 (Black: 0.25 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.6 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8
ΔE Greyscale 1 | 0.64-98 Ø6
79.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.17
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
IPS, 1280x800, 8
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
IPS, 1280x800, 8
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
IPS, 1280x800, 8
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
TFT, 1280x800, 8
Alldocube M8 T801
IPS, 1920x1200, 8
Screen
-153%
-54%
-94%
-105%
Brightness middle
501
359
-28%
379
-24%
377
-25%
317.5
-37%
Brightness
463
358
-23%
346
-25%
372
-20%
320
-31%
Brightness Distribution
85
89
5%
88
4%
87
2%
94
11%
Black Level *
0.25
0.85
-240%
0.21
16%
0.29
-16%
0.5
-100%
Contrast
2004
422
-79%
1805
-10%
1300
-35%
635
-68%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.6
6.8
-89%
3.8
-6%
6.1
-69%
6.12
-70%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.4
17.3
-106%
7.5
11%
10.9
-30%
13.72
-63%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1
7.6
-660%
5
-400%
6.6
-560%
5.8
-480%
Gamma
2.17 101%
2.19 100%
2.23 99%
2.13 103%
2.12 104%
CCT
6473 100%
7160 91%
7514 87%
7861 83%
7633 85%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 65790 Hz ≤ 6 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 65790 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 6 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 65790 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17699 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

With a contrast ratio of 2,000:1 and a black value of 0.25 cd/m², the Fire HD 8 (2020) is also significantly better than its predecessor and, once again, leaves the competition we chose in the dust. 

The CalMAN analysis also shows that the color reproduction is very well calibrated by default, so colors are displayed without any significant deviations. Using a mode called "BlueShade," users can reduce the amount of blue output by the display.

CalMAN - Color Accuracy
CalMAN - Color Accuracy
CalMAN - Color Space
CalMAN - Color Space
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
27.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 13.2 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 57 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
47.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23.6 ms rise
↘ 24 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 77 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.8 ms).

Thanks to the relatively good brightness value, users can use the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) outdoors without too much trouble. Shady places are better, though, because direct light causes reflections on the display. 

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) - Outdoor Use
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) - Outdoor Use
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) - Outdoor Use
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) - Outdoor Use

The IPS panel of the Fire HD 8 (2020) has very stable viewing angles. Image content can be read from almost any angle without being distorted or displayed with incorrect colors.

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) - Viewing Angle Stability
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) - Viewing Angle Stability

Performance - Competitive performance

The "new" SoC of the Amazon tablet is the MediaTek MT8168 from 2015. Compared to the Fire HD 8 (2018), the clock rates of the four cores increased from 1.3 to 2.0 GHz. The RAM increased from 1.5 to 2 GB, though there is a model of the Fire HD 8 Plus (2020) with 3 GB of RAM.

In the benchmarks, the Fire HD 8 (2020) achieved a system performance between 70% and 80% higher than the Fire HD 8 (2018). The difference is even clearer in the graphics-heavy benchmarks where there is an increase of over 300%. This makes the tablet from Amazon competitive and, depending on a user's needs, potentially even better than the Lenovo Tab M8 HD and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019

Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2
Vulkan Score 5.1
Average of class Tablet (623 - 4654, n=5)
2353 Points ∼2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
Points ∼0%
OpenCL Score 5.1
Average of class Tablet (138 - 5353, n=6)
2292 Points ∼2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
138 Points ∼0%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Tablet (498 - 4712, n=18)
1930 Points ∼16% +286%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
566 Points ∼5% +13%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (499 - 504, n=3)
501 Points ∼4% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
500 Points ∼4%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Tablet (135 - 1127, n=18)
564 Points ∼35% +292%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
168 Points ∼10% +17%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
144 Points ∼9%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (141 - 144, n=3)
143 Points ∼9% -1%
Geekbench 4.4
Compute RenderScript Score
Average of class Tablet (840 - 43802, n=44)
5664 Points ∼13% +227%
Alldocube M8 T801
2843 Points ∼6% +64%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
1733 Points ∼4%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (1726 - 1733, n=2)
1730 Points ∼4% 0%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Tablet (1106 - 18041, n=61)
4628 Points ∼8% +87%
Alldocube M8 T801
3590 Points ∼6% +45%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
2476 Points ∼4%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (2463 - 2476, n=2)
2470 Points ∼4% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
1751 Points ∼3% -29%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Tablet (429 - 5002, n=61)
1624 Points ∼26% +95%
Alldocube M8 T801
1352 Points ∼21% +62%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (833 - 837, n=2)
835 Points ∼13% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
833 Points ∼13%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
636 Points ∼10% -24%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
4946 Points ∼32% +11%
Average of class Tablet (4267 - 12466, n=58)
4786 Points ∼31% +7%
Alldocube M8 T801
4695 Points ∼31% +5%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (4454 - 4753, n=3)
4572 Points ∼30% +3%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
4454 Points ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
4267 Points ∼28% -4%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
3130 Points ∼20% -30%
Work performance score
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
7019 Points ∼35% +25%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
5986 Points ∼30% +7%
Alldocube M8 T801
5984 Points ∼30% +6%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (5620 - 6311, n=3)
5866 Points ∼29% +4%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
5620 Points ∼28%
Average of class Tablet (1873 - 13629, n=94)
5212 Points ∼26% -7%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
4165 Points ∼21% -26%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Average of class Tablet (1152 - 3658, n=18)
2308 Points ∼57% +27%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
1823 Points ∼45%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (1811 - 1833, n=3)
1822 Points ∼45% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
1786 Points ∼44% -2%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Tablet (402 - 8745, n=18)
1846 Points ∼21% +205%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (606 - 613, n=3)
609 Points ∼7% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
606 Points ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
460 Points ∼5% -24%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Average of class Tablet (469 - 6226, n=18)
1739 Points ∼26% +144%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (712 - 719, n=3)
715 Points ∼11% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
712 Points ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
550 Points ∼8% -23%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Average of class Tablet (650 - 4756, n=58)
1900 Points ∼24% +50%
Alldocube M8 T801
1372 Points ∼17% +8%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (1263 - 1277, n=3)
1268 Points ∼16% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
1265 Points ∼16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
1155 Points ∼14% -9%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
939 Points ∼12% -26%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
716 Points ∼9% -43%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Tablet (99 - 9453, n=58)
1842 Points ∼19% +228%
Alldocube M8 T801
1108 Points ∼12% +97%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (562 - 564, n=3)
563 Points ∼6% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
562 Points ∼6%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
253 Points ∼3% -55%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
210 Points ∼2% -63%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
120 Points ∼1% -79%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average of class Tablet (129 - 7369, n=58)
1651 Points ∼20% +158%
Alldocube M8 T801
1157 Points ∼14% +80%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (641 - 643, n=3)
642 Points ∼8% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
641 Points ∼8%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
302 Points ∼4% -53%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
257 Points ∼3% -60%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
147 Points ∼2% -77%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Average of class Tablet (739 - 4702, n=65)
1791 Points ∼31% +41%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (1268 - 1280, n=3)
1273 Points ∼22% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
1268 Points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
1145 Points ∼20% -10%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
943 Points ∼16% -26%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
739 Points ∼13% -42%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Tablet (165 - 28751, n=65)
3061 Points ∼11% +243%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
893 Points ∼3%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (892 - 893, n=3)
892 Points ∼3% 0%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
458 Points ∼2% -49%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
336 Points ∼1% -62%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
202 Points ∼1% -77%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Average of class Tablet (207 - 13454, n=65)
2151 Points ∼16% +125%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
956 Points ∼7%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (955 - 956, n=3)
956 Points ∼7% 0%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
517 Points ∼4% -46%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
428 Points ∼3% -55%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
241 Points ∼2% -75%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Average of class Tablet (729 - 4096, n=74)
1789 Points ∼34% +45%
Alldocube M8 T801
1654 Points ∼32% +34%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
1233 Points ∼24%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (1222 - 1243, n=3)
1233 Points ∼24% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
1188 Points ∼23% -4%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
903 Points ∼17% -27%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
855 Points ∼16% -31%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Average of class Tablet (55 - 8548, n=74)
1476 Points ∼17% +159%
Alldocube M8 T801
995 Points ∼12% +75%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (570 - 574, n=3)
572 Points ∼7% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
570 Points ∼7%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
233 Points ∼3% -59%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
153 Points ∼2% -73%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
126 Points ∼1% -78%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Average of class Tablet (70 - 6850, n=76)
1382 Points ∼7% +114%
Alldocube M8 T801
1092 Points ∼5% +69%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (647 - 651, n=3)
650 Points ∼3% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
647 Points ∼3%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
279 Points ∼1% -57%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
190 Points ∼1% -71%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
155 Points ∼1% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Average of class Tablet (56 - 4104, n=77)
1668 Points ∼32% +36%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
1228 Points ∼23%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (1225 - 1228, n=3)
1227 Points ∼23% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
1178 Points ∼22% -4%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
903 Points ∼17% -26%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
815 Points ∼15% -34%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Average of class Tablet (42 - 12725, n=77)
2057 Points ∼16% +129%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (898 - 901, n=3)
900 Points ∼7% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
898 Points ∼7%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
427 Points ∼3% -52%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
364 Points ∼3% -59%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
212 Points ∼2% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Average of class Tablet (53 - 8675, n=78)
1697 Points ∼18% +78%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (955 - 958, n=3)
956 Points ∼10% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
955 Points ∼10%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
484 Points ∼5% -49%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
428 Points ∼4% -55%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
254 Points ∼3% -73%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
15709 Points ∼18% +4%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
15151 Points ∼18%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (14979 - 15151, n=3)
15059 Points ∼17% -1%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
14822 Points ∼17% -2%
Average of class Tablet (3675 - 51436, n=173)
14298 Points ∼17% -6%
Alldocube M8 T801
9771 Points ∼11% -36%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
8724 Points ∼10% -42%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Average of class Tablet (2109 - 221941, n=173)
24384 Points ∼4% +83%
Alldocube M8 T801
14192 Points ∼3% +6%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
13333 Points ∼2%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (13089 - 13426, n=3)
13283 Points ∼2% 0%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
7658 Points ∼1% -43%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
6897 Points ∼1% -48%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
5446 Points ∼1% -59%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Average of class Tablet (2411 - 110846, n=174)
18399 Points ∼7% +34%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
13698 Points ∼6%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (13479 - 13743, n=3)
13640 Points ∼6% 0%
Alldocube M8 T801
12895 Points ∼5% -6%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
8580 Points ∼3% -37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
7879 Points ∼3% -42%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
5942 Points ∼2% -57%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Alldocube M8 T801
39 fps ∼0% +86%
Average of class Tablet (1 - 451, n=193)
35.2 fps ∼0% +68%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
21 fps ∼0%
Average MediaTek MT8168
21 fps ∼0% 0%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
14 fps ∼0% -33%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
11 fps ∼0% -48%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
10 fps ∼0% -52%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Alldocube M8 T801
35 fps ∼1% +6%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
33 fps ∼1%
Average MediaTek MT8168
33 fps ∼1% 0%
Average of class Tablet (1.1 - 120, n=197)
23.2 fps ∼1% -30%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
21 fps ∼1% -36%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
17 fps ∼1% -48%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
16 fps ∼0% -52%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Average of class Tablet (1.6 - 220, n=127)
23.8 fps ∼4% +98%
Alldocube M8 T801
19 fps ∼3% +58%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
12 fps ∼2%
Average MediaTek MT8168
12 fps ∼2% 0%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
6.6 fps ∼1% -45%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
4.8 fps ∼1% -60%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
3.6 fps ∼1% -70%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
24 fps ∼7%
Average MediaTek MT8168
24 fps ∼7% 0%
Alldocube M8 T801
19 fps ∼5% -21%
Average of class Tablet (1.9 - 110, n=133)
16.8 fps ∼5% -30%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
12 fps ∼3% -50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
9.5 fps ∼3% -60%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
7.3 fps ∼2% -70%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 173, n=79)
21.2 fps ∼0% +179%
Alldocube M8 T801
13 fps ∼0% +71%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
7.6 fps ∼0%
Average MediaTek MT8168
7.6 fps ∼0% 0%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
4.3 fps ∼0% -43%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
3.2 fps ∼0% -58%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
2.3 fps ∼0% -70%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
17 fps ∼0%
Average MediaTek MT8168
17 fps ∼0% 0%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 95, n=79)
14.3 fps ∼0% -16%
Alldocube M8 T801
12 fps ∼0% -29%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
8.5 fps ∼0% -50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
6.9 fps ∼0% -59%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
5.1 fps ∼0% -70%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 49, n=29)
9.69 fps ∼6% +76%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
5.5 fps ∼4%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (5.5 - 5.5, n=2)
5.5 fps ∼4% 0%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
2.9 fps ∼2% -47%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
2 fps ∼1% -64%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Tablet (0.8 - 51.1, n=29)
9.38 fps ∼4% +421%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
1.8 fps ∼1%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (1.8 - 1.8, n=2)
1.8 fps ∼1% 0%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
0.85 fps ∼0% -53%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
0.8 fps ∼0% -56%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 58, n=29)
14.6 fps ∼7% +51%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
9.7 fps ∼5%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (9.7 - 9.7, n=2)
9.7 fps ∼5% 0%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
4.6 fps ∼2% -53%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
3.1 fps ∼2% -68%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 134, n=29)
25.1 fps ∼4% +392%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
5.1 fps ∼1%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (5.1 - 5.1, n=2)
5.1 fps ∼1% 0%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
2.3 fps ∼0% -55%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
1.7 fps ∼0% -67%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
Average of class Tablet (1.8 - 107, n=55)
15.2 fps ∼3% +217%
Alldocube M8 T801
7.3 fps ∼2% +52%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
4.8 fps ∼1%
Average MediaTek MT8168
4.8 fps ∼1% 0%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
1.9 fps ∼0% -60%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
1.8 fps ∼0% -62%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
fps ∼0% -100%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 47, n=55)
9.59 fps ∼4% +4%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
9.2 fps ∼3%
Average MediaTek MT8168
9.2 fps ∼3% 0%
Alldocube M8 T801
7.3 fps ∼3% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
3.8 fps ∼1% -59%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
3.6 fps ∼1% -61%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
fps ∼0% -100%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (78450 - 751846, n=14)
299758 Points ∼40% +231%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
90442 Points ∼12%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (90422 - 90442, n=2)
90432 Points ∼12% 0%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
79125 Points ∼11% -13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
78450 Points ∼10% -13%
VRMark - Amber Room
Average of class Tablet (669 - 3130, n=5)
1455 Score ∼19% +95%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
747 Score ∼10%
Average MediaTek MT8168
747 Score ∼10% 0%
BaseMark OS II
Web
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
809 Points ∼40% +11%
Average of class Tablet (9 - 2034, n=122)
767 Points ∼38% +5%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
756 Points ∼37% +4%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (730 - 731, n=2)
731 Points ∼36% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
730 Points ∼36%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
597 Points ∼29% -18%
Graphics
Average of class Tablet (98 - 28853, n=123)
2362 Points ∼8% +149%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
947 Points ∼3%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (946 - 947, n=2)
947 Points ∼3% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
487 Points ∼2% -49%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
472 Points ∼2% -50%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
333 Points ∼1% -65%
Memory
Average MediaTek MT8168 (1406 - 1416, n=2)
1411 Points ∼16% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
1406 Points ∼16%
Average of class Tablet (56 - 6751, n=123)
1262 Points ∼14% -10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
1258 Points ∼14% -11%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
1151 Points ∼13% -18%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
663 Points ∼7% -53%
System
Average of class Tablet (482 - 16467, n=123)
2661 Points ∼16% +48%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
1945 Points ∼12% +8%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
1802 Points ∼11%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (1788 - 1802, n=2)
1795 Points ∼11% 0%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
1539 Points ∼9% -15%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
1200 Points ∼7% -33%
Overall
Average of class Tablet (150 - 8450, n=122)
1392 Points ∼16% +21%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
1150 Points ∼14%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (1150 - 1150, n=2)
1150 Points ∼14% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
987 Points ∼12% -14%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
891 Points ∼11% -23%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
631 Points ∼7% -45%

Legend

 
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020 MediaTek MT8168, ARM Mali-G52 MP1, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018 MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, ARM Mali-T720, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo Tab M8 HD Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M, PowerVR GE8320, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290 Qualcomm Snapdragon 429, Qualcomm Adreno 504, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Alldocube M8 T801 MediaTek Helio X27 MT6797X, ARM Mali-T880 MP4, 32 GB eMMC Flash

In our browser tests, the Fire HD 8 (2020) did at least 20% better than the Fire HD 8 (2018). Compared to the rest of our test field, though, the performance falls a bit behind, so the tablet from Amazon must be content with the penultimate place in our test field.

However, surfing the Internet works without a hitch. Only websites with a lot of media content take longer to load.

JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (10.9 - 279, n=105)
58.7 Points ∼100% +145%
Alldocube M8 T801 (Chrome 72.0.3626.105)
30.352 Points ∼52% +27%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD (Chrome 79)
25.645 Points ∼44% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290 (Chrome 79)
25.067 Points ∼43% +4%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020 (Silk Browser)
23.989 Points ∼41%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (23.6 - 24, n=2)
23.8 Points ∼41% -1%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018 (Silk Browser 66.2.10.3359.126.10)
16.717 Points ∼28% -30%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average of class Tablet (13 - 182, n=40)
72.6 Points ∼100% +142%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD (Chrome 79)
34 Points ∼47% +13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290 (Chrome 79)
32 Points ∼44% +7%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020 (Silk Browser)
30 Points ∼41%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (30 - 30, n=2)
30 Points ∼41% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018 (Silk Browser 66.2.10.3359.126.10)
25 Points ∼34% -17%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Tablet (5.68 - 135, n=26)
51.2 runs/min ∼100% +320%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD (Chrome 79)
15.49 runs/min ∼30% +27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290 (Chrome 79)
13.5 runs/min ∼26% +11%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020 (Silk Browser)
12.2 runs/min ∼24%
Average MediaTek MT8168
12.2 runs/min ∼24% 0%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (1238 - 45734, n=190)
7552 Points ∼100% +84%
Alldocube M8 T801 (Chrome 72.0.3626.105)
5909 Points ∼78% +44%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD (Chrome 79)
4378 Points ∼58% +6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290 (Chrome 79)
4297 Points ∼57% +4%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (4115 - 4222, n=2)
4169 Points ∼55% +1%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020 (Silk Browser)
4115 Points ∼54%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018 (Silk Browser 66.2.10.3359.126.10)
2902 Points ∼38% -29%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018 (Silk Browser 66.2.10.3359.126.10)
14320.9 ms * ∼100% -27%
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020 (Silk Browser)
11253.8 ms * ∼79%
Average MediaTek MT8168 (11103 - 11254, n=2)
11178 ms * ∼78% +1%
Lenovo Tab M8 HD (Chrome 79)
10893.8 ms * ∼76% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290 (Chrome 79)
10654.6 ms * ∼74% +5%
Average of class Tablet (603 - 43092, n=202)
8881 ms * ∼62% +21%
Alldocube M8 T801 (Chrome 72.0.3626.105)
7429.3 ms * ∼52% +34%

* ... smaller is better

With the base model, users of the Fire HD 8 (2020) have 32 GB of storage space available. There is also a model with 64GP of storage space for an extra charge. Our storage benchmark shows increased storage performance compared to the Fire HD 8 (2018). The read and write speeds are on the same level as our selected competing devices from Samsung and Lenovo.

The Amazon tablet also allows the use of a microSD card. According to the manufacturer, this can be used to expand the internal memory by up to 1 TB. With our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference memory card, the card reader also achieves read and write speeds on a par with other devices in our test field.

Amazon Fire HD 8 2020Amazon Fire HD 8 2018Lenovo Tab M8 HDSamsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290Alldocube M8 T801Average 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Tablet
AndroBench 3-5
-46%
-2%
1%
-41%
-13%
-40%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
62.04 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
34.03 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-45%
64.25 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
4%
69.95 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
13%
52.2 (3.4 - 87.1, n=167)
-16%
49.7 (14 - 73.8, n=70)
-20%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
84.13 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
51.36 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-39%
83.83 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
87.13 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
4%
71.1 (8.2 - 96.5, n=167)
-15%
67.7 (17.6 - 87.7, n=70)
-20%
Random Write 4KB
15.72
12.25
-22%
15.84
1%
16.89
7%
10.01
-36%
19.2 (0.75 - 89.5, n=210)
22%
10.6 (0.13 - 262, n=222)
-33%
Random Read 4KB
67.61
26.98
-60%
77.44
15%
57.77
-15%
19.5
-71%
41.1 (3.59 - 117, n=210)
-39%
25 (1.04 - 230, n=222)
-63%
Sequential Write 256KB
103.95
41.89
-60%
79.55
-23%
108.54
4%
103.02
-1%
96.7 (14.8 - 189, n=210)
-7%
53.7 (2.04 - 732, n=222)
-48%
Sequential Read 256KB
315.01
158.46
-50%
297.09
-6%
291.87
-7%
142.8
-55%
239 (25.8 - 452, n=210)
-24%
143 (6.75 - 1789, n=222)
-55%

Games - Only simple games are playable

An ARM Mali-G52 MP1 is used to display image content on the Fire HD 8 (2020). This is suitable for simple games and applications with low graphical demands. The titles we tested with Gamebench performed radically different from one another. While "Arena of Valor" was playable at a smooth 30FPS on low settings, the same game terminated unexpectedly after the start of a match when using higher graphical settings.

The game "Asphalt 8: Airborne" ran smoothly on medium graphical settings, but did not allow users to change any of the automatic graphical settings. The middle graphics preset was automatically selected every time the game was restarted. The somewhat more demanding "PUBG Mobile" ran at around 19FPS on the lowest graphics setting, so it was only moderately playable. Here, too, higher graphical settings caused the game to crash. 

The games could be controlled using the touchscreen as well as the position sensor. Occasionally, swipe movements were not entirely smooth due to the slightly increased resistance of the display surface. 

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Aspahlt 8: Airborne
Aspahlt 8: Airborne
Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
PUBG Compare
010203040Tooltip
; PUBG Mobile: Ø19 (10-22)
; Arena of Valor: Ø30.2 (27-31)
; Asphalt 8: Airborne: Ø26.7 (19-29)

Emissions - The Fire tablet has usable speakers

Temperature

The surface temperatures of the Fire HD 8 (2020) rises to a maximum of 30.5°C under load in our test. This means that the tablet never gets too hot and can be held comfortably at any time.

Max. Load
 28.4 °C
83 F
27.7 °C
82 F
30.4 °C
87 F
 
 29.5 °C
85 F
27.9 °C
82 F
30 °C
86 F
 
 28.4 °C
83 F
27.8 °C
82 F
28.5 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 30.4 °C = 87 F
Average: 28.7 °C = 84 F
29.2 °C
85 F
28.8 °C
84 F
26.8 °C
80 F
30.5 °C
87 F
27 °C
81 F
27.2 °C
81 F
27 °C
81 F
27.5 °C
82 F
27.3 °C
81 F
Maximum: 30.5 °C = 87 F
Average: 27.9 °C = 82 F
Power Supply (max.)  28.8 °C = 84 F | Room Temperature 20.8 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 28.7 °C / 84 F, compared to the average of 30.6 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 30.4 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 34.6 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22.2 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 30.5 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.3 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 30.6 °C / 87 F.
Thermal Image - Top Side
Thermal Image - Top Side
Thermal Image - Bottom Side
Thermal Image - Bottom Side

Speaker

The loudspeakers of the Amazon Fire tablet only produce a mediocre amount of sound, but have a relatively wide sound spectrum. This makes them well suited for playing media content, so users do not necessarily have to rely on external speakers or headphones.

Speaker Characteristics
Speaker Characteristics
Audio Characteristics (3.5mm Audio Jack)
Audio Characteristics (3.5mm Audio Jack)
Signal-to-noise ratio (3.5mm Audio Jack): -100.36dB
Signal-to-noise ratio (3.5mm Audio Jack): -100.36dB
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.832.92519.624.83123.9264024.326.15030.530.76318.725.58020.421.610018.629.212517.537.916019.548.320019.248.625016.454.531515.25640014.25850014.761.563013.863.280014.664.9100014.166.9125013.569.1160014.468.3200013.968.2250013.868.4315013.866.6400014.767.2500014.270.4630014.471800014.972.21000015721250015.168.61600015.359.8SPL26.580.6N0.849.1median 14.7median 66.6Delta0.87.329.83325.226.621.626.924.717.929.625.522.523.925.126.320.125.819.926.920.836.917.641.117.647.417.450.316.153.613.95514.559.216.161.314.56714.471.513.672.113.973.514.576.114.477.814.877.614.776.814.873.614.971.915.170.91562.615.147.426.9860.959.1median 14.9median 62.61.512.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAmazon Fire HD 8 2020Lenovo Tab M8 HD
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 19% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 74% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 15% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 81% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Lenovo Tab M8 HD audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.9% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 12.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 79% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 14% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 83% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 12% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Power Management - The Fire HD 8 (2020) offers good battery life

Energy Use

In our test, the Fire HD 8 (2020) not only performed better than the Fire HD 8 (2018), but also used less energy. The power consumption of the new model is around 24% lower than its predecessor. In a direct comparison, the competing devices, the Lenovo Tab M8 HD and Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0, consume less energy. Only the Alldocube M8 T801 consumes more power.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.18 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.72 / 2.97 / 2.99 Watt
Load midlight 4.02 / 5.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
4850 mAh
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
4750 mAh
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
5100 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
5100 mAh
Alldocube M8 T801
5500 mAh
Power Consumption
-24%
27%
13%
-139%
Idle Minimum *
0.72
0.97
-35%
0.66
8%
0.62
14%
3.4
-372%
Idle Average *
2.97
3.26
-10%
2.15
28%
2.68
10%
5.1
-72%
Idle Maximum *
2.99
3.37
-13%
2.18
27%
2.7
10%
5.3
-77%
Load Average *
4.02
5.68
-41%
2.48
38%
3.61
10%
6
-49%
Load Maximum *
5.1
6.21
-22%
3.49
32%
4
22%
11.5
-125%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

The Fire HD 8 (2020) has double the battery life of its predecessor. In our practical WLAN test, we achieved almost exactly 15 hours of runtime, which exceeds the manufacturer's specification of 12 hours.

The included wall charger has an output power of 5 watts and takes about 5 hours to fully charge the Fire HD 8 (2020).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
44h 21min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
15h 02min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
15h 49min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 46min
Amazon Fire HD 8 2020
4850 mAh
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018
4750 mAh
Lenovo Tab M8 HD
5100 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Wifi SM-T290
5100 mAh
Alldocube M8 T801
5500 mAh
Battery Runtime
-35%
43%
7%
-53%
Reader / Idle
2661
1168
-56%
3581
35%
3132
18%
H.264
949
498
-48%
1696
79%
934
-2%
WiFi v1.3
902
490
-46%
1124
25%
831
-8%
420
-53%
Load
286
316
10%
374
31%
342
20%

Pros

+ attractively priced
+ long battery life
+ good WiFi performance
+ bright display

Cons

- operating system is strongly centered around Amazon
- Amazon App Store does not contain all apps
- an extra charge is needed to get rid of ads

Verdict - All around improved

In Review: Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020). Test device courtesy of: Amazon Germany
In Review: Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020). Test device courtesy of: Amazon Germany

The 2020 version of the Fire HD 8 has significant performance improvements and a slightly more modern design than its predecessor, the Fire HD 8 (2018). For the price quoted, the equipment is not only on par with the competition, but can also surpass them in some areas like WLAN speed. In addition, the new model has significantly better battery life that allows for over 15 hours of runtime, which totally surpasses its previous model. 

Amazon improves the Fire HD8 in every way, but still retains its low price.

Regardless of whether the user chooses to have or get rid of the "special offers," thanks to the heavily adapted FireOS, the Fire HD 8 (2020) is mainly worthwhile for Amazon customers who also make extensive use of the company's services. Since there are now good alternatives such as the Lenovo Tab M8 HD in this price range, users who want a cheap and high-performance tablet do not necessarily have to get a Fire device. But if you own a Fire HD 8 (2018) and like to use it, it is worth switching to the 2020 model since the performance has improved all around. 

Amazon Fire HD 8 2020 - 08/04/2020 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
75 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
69 / 80 → 86%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
37 / 70 → 53%
Weight
86 / 40-88 → 95%
Battery
90%
Display
85%
Games Performance
8 / 78 → 10%
Application Performance
41 / 92 → 44%
Temperature
95%
Noise
100%
Audio
81 / 91 → 89%
Camera
34 / 85 → 40%
Average
68%
81%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2020-08-18 (Update: 2020-08-18)
Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Editor
I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.