Thursday, September 17, 2015

Amazon announces new Fire HD, Fire, and Fire Kids Edition Tablets

Amazon has announced three new tablets as part of the new Fire series (notice the dropped 'Kindle' from the name). There is the new Fire HD, the Fire, and the Fire Kids Edition.

The Fire HD is the most expensive model and comes in two sizes, 8-inch and 10.1-inch. Both tablets have a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. The tablet runs on an unspecified quad-core 1.5GHz chipset, has a new thin and light body that is also said to be 2X more durable than the iPad Air 2, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, new Fire OS 5 "Bellini" based on Android Lollipop, that looks quite similar to stock Android with Material Design, 5 megapixel rear camera and HD front camera, microSD support, and 8 hours of battery life.
The Fire HD 8 will be available in 8 and 16GB and the Fire HD 10 in 16 and 32GB. The Fire HD 8 starts at $149.99 and the Fire HD 10 at $229.99. Both are available in black, magenta, blue, and tangerine.

Next is the Fire, which is Amazon's cheapest tablet. Starting at just $49.99, the Fire has a 7-inch 1024x600 resolution IPS display, quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 8GB internal memory with microSD support, 2 megapixel rear camera with VGA front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11n, 7 hours of battery life, and Fire OS "Bellini".

The Fire Kids Edition is essentially the Fire in a kid-proof case and free two-year 'no questions asked' replacement guarantee if your kid still manages to break it. There's also a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited access thrown in for good measure. All this comes at just $99.99.

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