Amazon wants to steal the spotlight from Google, so they announced a bunch of tablet refreshes today. They’re refreshed the Fire 7, Fire HD 8 slates, plus introduced a Fire 7 for Kids and Fire HD 8 for Kids model. Then the $50 Fire Tablet was also made slimmer and lighter.
The latest Fire HD 8 is sold at $80 and up and will ship from June 7th. It has a Kids Edition priced at $130 and offering bonus features, like a kid-proof case and a 2 year worry-free guarantee as they call it. The kid version has bundled 1 year of subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, offering access to age-appropriate videos and games.
The specs of the $80 Fire HD include 16 GB of storage (but there’s also a 32 GB model), an 8 inch 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, a 1.3 GHz quad core CPU and 1.5 GB of RAM, plus microSD card slot. The battery is supposed to offer 12 hours of life. The newcomer has WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, front and rear cameras and it’s available in black, blue, red an yellow.
The $50 Fire tablet is now slimmer and lighter and it keeps the specs of the last year model. It also offers dual band WiFi this time around and up to 8 hours of battery life, one more than the predecessor. Specs include a 7 inch 1024 x 600 pixel IPS display, a quad core 1.3 GHz CPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 or 16 GB of storage, plus microSD. This model we keep calling the $50 Fire tablet is also known as the Fire 7, or in this case the Fire 7 2017 unit.
There’s also an Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition priced at $100 for 16 GB of storage, with a 1 year subscription to Amazon FreeTime bundled and a rugged case. The 2 year worry free guarantee is also here. The usual Amazon features are here, including X-Ray, ASAP, Second Screen and more.