If you want to see what Amazon Fire tablets are like without having to pay out the nose, or need an affordable tablet for yourself or the kids, then the Amazon Fire tablet might be a good choice. It was unveiled on Thursday alongside the more expensive Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets, but costs a fraction of the price.
The Fire runs Amazon’s latest Fire OS 5 Bellini operating system, which means it’s not some sort of outdated rehashed tablet, and features a 7-inch 1024 x 700-pixel IPS display, 8GB of storage that can be expanded up with up to a 128GB microSD card, a single speaker, a VGA front-facing camera, 2 MP rear camera and a quad-core 1.3GHz processor. Amazon promises that the screen is the “best of any tablet in its price class,” and says that, despite its price, it’s twice as durable as the iPad Air.
The Fire will start shipping on September 30 for $49.99, though you can pre-order it today. Amazon is also going to sell a bundle of six for $249.95, which means you’ll buy five and get one free.