Amazon Brings New Versions of Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 Tablets, Drops Pricing for Previous Version
Amazon has finally refreshed its affordable Fire tablets lineup. The Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 devices have got new versions based on Amazon's proprietary Fire OS. The latest versions of both Fire tablets have Alexa digital assistant and are available for $49.99 and $79.99, respectively. Amazon will start shipping them on June 7.
New version of Fire 7 tablet
The first version of Fire 7 tablet was launched in the year 2015, and now its new version is comparatively thinner and lighter. It has a better 7-inch IPS display with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution. There is an improvement in the battery as well, the new version's battery offers 8 hours backup on a single charge. There is also dual-band Wi-Fi hardware.
Fire 7 tablet is powered by an unspecified quad-core 1.3 GHz processor clubbed with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage for $49.99 variant 16GB storage for $69.99 variant, expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The device features a VGA front-facing camera, along with a 2MP rear camera. The new version of Fire 7 would be available in Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow color options.
Fire HD 8 tablet
On the other hand, the Fire HD 8 tablet comes with an 8-inch display bearing 1280x800 pixels resolution. It has 1.5GB of RAM and battery with 12 hours of backup. There is nothing else that has got an upgrade from the previous version of Fire HD 8 tablet. All the other specifications are same as the old version. Pricing for the HD 8 begins at $79.99 for 16GB storage variant and $109.99 with 32GB of storage model. The company has also slashed the pricing of 2016 version of Fire HD 8 tablet by $10, it will now retail at $89.
There's also a new Kids Edition of the Fire HD 8 tablet, which was not available earlier. The new edition comes with a rugged case that's specially designed for tough usage. It is priced at $129 and has a two-year unconditional warranty along with a one-year subscription to Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited service that offers access to videos, educational apps, games, and built-in parental control software.
Amazon is also running a special 20 percent discount offer for the buyers who buy all the three tablets together. To avail the discount, they will just have to insert promo code “FIRE3PACK” at checkout.