Amazon Fire 7 Tablet
Amazon It announced the latest version of the Fire 7 tablet on Wednesday. Priced at $59.99, the tablet is a little more expensive than its predecessor, but the company promises longer battery life.
Amazon’s Fire tablets served as a cheaper alternative Apple‘s iPad, but it’s not as big a business segment for Amazon as hardware is for Apple. Instead, Amazon’s hardware products serve as gateways to Amazon’s ecosystem of services, such as the Alexa voice assistant and music, books and apps.
The last version of the Fire 7 didn’t have great battery life, and the screen and camera weren’t very sharp. Amazon says the new model has 40% longer battery life, up to 10 hours of browsing, but it hasn’t made any changes to the display or camera.
The updated Fire 7 also has a 30% faster processor, which helps make the tablet more responsive, Amazon said. It also continues to have 16GB of storage in the base version, which is probably fine for most people who need a budget tablet to browse and download some movies, but you can expand the storage by adding your own memory card. It also replaces the outdated charging port with the newer and more common USB-C port.
The new Fire 7 is available for pre-order starting Wednesday and will begin shipping June 29. It comes in black, denim and rose, with coordinating covers for $28.99 each.
Amazon also introduced a new version of the Fire 7 Kids, which comes with a “childproof” case (in red, blue, or purple) and one year of Amazon Kids+. The device starts at $109.99 and is available starting June 29.
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