AMAZON UPDATES ITS FIRE LINE-UP

Heard of the Fire tablet before from Amazon? No? Well that’s not your fault, it was one of those easily forgettable products that the company itself didn’t try hard enough to sell. It was aimed at the section of the population who does not want to spend money on expensive tablets for their kids, so here was Amazon alternative.

Starting with the Fire 7, the tablet features a faster processor than its predecessor. We’re still talking about a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, though Amazon said the processor has more memory bandwidth.The Fire 7 also features double the storage of its predecessor — you can now get the tablet with either 16GB or 32GB of expandable space. If that’s not enough, the Fire 7 now supports up to 512GB microSD cards.

Even the front camera gets an upgrade to 720p, a long-overdue upgrade from the 420p front camera found in the older version.

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The good news is that the upgrades won’t hike the Fire 7’s price tag — we’re still talking $49.99 for the 16GB version and $69.99 for the 32GB version, both with special offers. Getting the tablet without special offers is an extra $15 for both storage options.

The Kids edition packs the same punch with an additional kid-proof case to protect from drops and also hosts an adjustable stand for hands-free use. The tablets are to be available from June 7 on black, plum, sage and Twilight blue. The kid’s edition is available in blue, pink and purple.

Tablets have been long and forgotten at this point, a glimmer of hope for them being the foldable smartphones, however, we know how that has its own issues with the shortcomings of the Galaxy Fold. However, kids today would be just fine with the latest Amazon offerings.

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