Along with the announcement of a new Amazon Fire TV, Amazon has completely revamped its line of tablets with new models and prices including their most affordable model yet.
Amazon will now feature four different tablets available in 7, 8, and 10-inch versions as well as a 7-inch Kids edition. Amazon isn't giving up on tablets and wants to make them even more affordable by offering the 7" Fire tablet for just $49.99 each. Featuring 1024x600 resolution, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and 8GB of internal storage, the new budget tablet claims to be 2x more durable than the latest iPad Air at a fraction of the cost. If 8GB is not enough, the 7" Fire offers microSD storage expansion up to 128Gb, as well as unlimited storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with your Fire device. Battery life is said to last up to 7 hours of mixed use. Amazon feels you should have one in every room in your house so they are offering a six-pack deal where you can get six 7" Fire tablets for the price of five.
The new Fire HD 8 will feature an 8" IPS screen with 1280x800 resolution, 8 or 16GB of storage, and a 1.5 Ghz quad-core processor. It will be available in black, magenta, blue or tangerine colors. Battery life is estimated around 8 hours, and will retail for $149.99.
Finally, the Fire HD 10 will be a feature a 10.1" screen with 1280x800 resolution and the same 1.5Ghz quad processor as the 8". Storage starts out at 16GB and goes up to 32. Battery life is estimated around 8 hours of mixed use. The Fire HD 10 will retail for $229.99 and is available in black or white color options.
Finally, there is a new Fire Kids Edition Tablet, featuring the same 7" Fire Tablet but wrapped in a kid-proof pink or blue case. Amazon knows accident happen, especially around kids, so they are offering a two-year worry-free guarantee. Should you kids break their tablet, just send it back to Amazon, and they will replace it for free. Included with the Fire Kids edition is a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimted. It's a hand-curated service with over 10,000 kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. The Fire Kids Edition 7" Tablet will retail for $99.99.
Included in all tablets is the new updated Amazon Fire OS 5 codenamed "Bellini". The updated user interface features even more apps and games. Including the new Word Runner feature that is said to make reading quicker by keeping your eyes focused on the centre of the page and bringing each word right to where your eyes are.
Amazon is accepting pre-orders for the new tablets and will begin shipping them on September 30th.