Amazon has taken the wraps off an entire family of new Kindle Fire tablets, including a new budget-friendly $50 model alongside two Kindle Fire HD tablets and a special Kids Edition version with a unique protective case. The new Android-based devices were launched alongside a new Amazon Fire TV family and will feature a revamped user interface, dubbed Fire OS 5 ‘Bellini’…
Amazon’s cheapest Kindle Fire is a new 7-inch (1024 x 600 resolution) tablet boasting a quad-core processor, front and rear cameras as well as Micro SD card expansion up to 128GB extra storage. The device is available to buy for just $50, or you can buy them as a six-pack for $250 (essentially: Buy five, get one free). Previously, it was rumored by WSJ that this device would be feature a display measuring just 6-inches diagonally, bordering on phablet territory. At $50 though, this will easily be one of this year’s biggest impulse buys in the consumer tech market.
Joining the budget 7-inch Fire are two new models of Kindle Fire HD. Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 feature 8-inch and 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 displays respectively. Like the Fire tablet, the HD series also packs a quad-core processor. The new mid-tier tablets have stereo speakers powered by Dolby Audio as well as front and rear cameras, plus a microSD card slot for up to 128GB extra capacity to store media. Fire HD will also be the first tablets to run on Amazon’s new Fire OS 5 ‘Bellini’. This software was shown off in previous leaks of the 10-inch device and looks much more like standard Android than previous versions of the Amazon-made OS.
The Fire HD 8 is available to pre-order from $149 in both 8GB and 16GB storage options with a choice of four colors: black, orange, blue and pink. The HD 10 starts from $229 and is available in 16GB and 32GB storage options. Devices will ship on or after September 30th.
Like last year, Amazon has seen fit to launch a kid-friendly tablet. Amazon’s updated Fire Kids Edition will come with a new Kindle Tablet housed inside a bespoke kid-proof case, as well as one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, 20k curated kids sites and YouTube videos as well as a two-year warranty. The Fire Kids Edition will cost just $99.99 and is available to pre-order from today.
Along with these new tablets, Amazon has unveiled an entire new range of Fire TV products. The budget Fire TV Stick is the cheapest of the bunch and starts at just $39.99, this time out though, you can pay an extra $10 and get the Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote.
Amazon’s new Fire TV may look the same on the outside, but a lot has changed on the inside and it’s available as a special bundle for gamers. The all-new Amazon Fire TV supports 4K video for the first time and has Amazon’s personal digital assistant, Alexa, built in as standard. What’s more, it has a beefier 2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and better Wi-Fi. You can pre-order today for $99.99 for delivery on October 5th, or you can spend $40 more and get the Gaming Edition. The Gaming Edition comes with a Fire TV Gaming Controller, a 32GB MicroSD card and a two games (DuckTales: Remastered and Shovel Knight).