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Late last night Amazon updated the Kindle Fire lineup with the all-new Kindle HDX tablets and a fresh spin on the Fire HD. We are going to focus on the updated Fire HD models because it has pretty much become the absolute best low-cost tablet.

Starting at just $139, the ‘new’ Kindle Fire HD sports a slimmer industrial design with beautifully beveled edges, new Fire OS 3.0, and support for the innovative origami covers. On the flip-side, the 2013 Kindle Fire HD hardware remains mostly the same. It has a 7 inch 1,280 x 800 display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and built-in dual-band WiFi. The ‘special offers’ may actually be useful as Amazon promises exclusive deals similar to their Lightning promotions. Amazon Prime members can now download Prime Instant Videos.

From a deal standpoint the new Kindle Fire HD is a no-brainer. This model brings new features and a price tag that is $60 less than its predecessor. While it won’t stand toe to toe with other lower-priced powerhouse tablets like the Nexus 7 ($229) or even its big-brother the Kindle Fire HDX ($229 and up), it does set a new standard for budget tablets. The 2013 Kindle Fire HD is now available for preorder and is scheduled to ship on October 2nd.

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