All those murmurs about Amazon prepping up a $50 tablet have turned out to be true, as the product has arrived in the form of the new Fire tablet. This slate will also be sold in the form of a 6-pack that will cost $250, granting savings worth $50 to those who want the slates for their whole family.
But the company was just getting started when it unveiled this affordable machine. It has also taken the veil off a new Fire Kids Edition that has been given a durable body, a fresh 10.1-inch Fire HD tablet and an updated 8-inch Fire HD slab. All these devices run the Android Lollipop-based Fire OS 5.
$50 Fire tablet
It packs a low-resolution 7-inch IPS display, and runs on a 1.3 GHz quad core processor. While its 2MP rear camera does support 720p HD videos, its front has to make do with a VGA snapper. The battery of this Amazon tablet is good for 7 hours of usage, while its storage has been tied to 8GB but is expandable up to 128GB.
$100 Fire Kids Edition tablet
If you add $50 more to the purchase, you’ll be able to snap a kid-proof version of the new Fire tablet. This Kids Edition features protective casing, and comes with a two-year guarantee of a replacement if it’s broken. A 1-year subscription of FreeTime Unlimited has also been bundled with it moreover.
$230 Fire HD tablet with 10.1-inch display
The top-end hardware from Amazon’s latest lineup is being headlined by the 10.1-inch Fire HD slate. Apart from a 1280 x 800 pixel monitor, it offers a 1.5GHz quad core processor, Dolby Atmos-powered stereo speakers, 16GB or 32GB storage options (with microSD support), a 5MP rear camera and an HD front snapper. Its battery promises 8 hours of usage time.
$150 Fire HD tablet with 8-inch display
This is an updated version of the already available 8-inch Fire HD slate. This fresh device will offer the same basic specs that the 10.1-inch model features, but will go for 8GB and 16 GB storage options.
Amazon has already put all the new Fire tablets up for pre-order in the US. It has announced that they will begin shipping on September 30. It shouldn’t be a surprise to know that these slates come with ads, which you’ll need to pay another $15 to get rid of.