12 September 2017
Today, Amazon announced their modest refresh to the Fire line of tablets along with a new Kids Edition version of Fire HD 8 device. The company says that the Fire 7 is now thinner and lighter with a slight improvement in the display, contrast, and text formatting. Where the Fire 7 will remain at the same price of $49.99, Amazon has cut the price of Fire HD 8 from $89.99 to $79.99.
The Fire 7 is now a pinch lighter (9.6mm thick as compared to the previous 10.6mm) with a slightly better battery life per charge (rated eight hours as compared to seven on the predecessor). Amazon has also added dual-band Wi-Fi support. Rest of the specs remain the same as the predecessor – 1GB of RAM, matte plastic design etc. The tablet is available in four color variants – red, blue, yellow, and black.
The Fire HD 8, on the other hand, looks exactly similar to the predecessor, Fire HD 7, however, with a $10 price cut. It is available in new colors as well with an added storage with microSD card. It now has two storage variants – 16GB and 32GB.
Well, the Fire tablets are definitely not premium tablets, as they are meant to be used for casual reading, watching videos from Amazon Prime, and placing orders via Amazon marketplace. This is the prime reason why Amazon wants them to get it to as many couches as possible.