Amazon Unveils New Fire Tablets With Better Screens and Battery Life

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Amazon's performed some spring cleaning on its tablet line. Not only has the online retail titan refreshed the 7-inch Fire, Fire HD 8 and 7-inch Fire Kids tablet, it's rolled out a child-friendly version of its 8-inch slate.

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The Most Affordable Tablets Got More Affordable

Amazon's looking to improve the ultracheap $49 7-inch Fire (now called the Fire 7) with a brighter display and a lighter design, dropping from 11 ounces to 10.4. The biggest change to the Fire HD 8 slate is that it's now $10 less expensive, as the company dropped it down to $79.

According to Amazon, both the Fire 7 and HD 8 will offer longer battery life (8 and 12 hours, respectively) a claim we look forward to testing on our own. The previous Fire 7 was rated for 7 hours but only lasted 6:30 on the Laptop Mag Battery Test (internet surfing at 150 nits), whereas the previous HD 8 posted a time of 11:19 minutes.

While Amazon says the Fire 7 will feature an improved IPS display, that panel will still feature the the same low-res, 1024 x 600-pixel resolution. The Fire HD 8's display is also staying put at 1280 x 800 pixels.

Of course, Amazon's charging you $15 extra to remove the advertisements (adorably referred to as Special Offers) from the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8. Doubling the Fire 7's storage from 8 to 16GB bumps its price to $69, whereas getting the Fire HD 8 with 32GB of RAM will run you $109.

And while the Fire HD 7 now supports dual band networks (the previous only allowed for one), it's still packing an 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi card. Why do we bring that up? 802.11ac is the industry-wide  standard that all devices should pack in 2017.

Amazon's kept a black version of the Fire 7 and HD 8, but dropped the hot orange and blue colorways for yellow, dark blue and red versions.

Fire Kids Edition Tablets

The $99 Fire Kids Edition tablet is now called the Fire 7 Kids Edition, as Amazon's introduced the slightly-larger $129 Fire HD 8 Kids Edition. The newer, bigger version packs 32GB of space.

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Amazon's also added a yellow case option, adding to the blue and pink cases that yesteryear's Fire Kids tablets offered.

Just as with the non-Kids editions, the 7-inch tablet's packing a 1024 x 600-pixel screen whereas the 8-incher has a 1280 x 800 panel.

Amazon's still throwing in the same 2-year worry-free guarantee it did with previous kids tablets, as well as that familiar gratis year of FreeTime Unlimited for tons of popular kid-friendly content.

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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • Joshua Vargas Says:

    "whereas getting the Fire HD 8 with 32GB of RAM will run you $109."

    uhm... excuse me, RAM? I'm very sure that 32GB refers to storage capacity.

    As much as I honestly love Laptop Mag, I think the site could use a lot of proofreading. (aside from the occasional typo, another mistake I unfortunately see too often is "GTX 940MX" when the actual model name is GeForce 940MX)

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