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Amazon updates its two most popular tablets

by Sean P. Aune | May 17, 2017

Without much fanfare, Amazon refreshed four of its tablets on Wednesday, including the popular Fire 7, it’s $50 tablet.

Amazon is notorious for quietly rolling out product updates and launches without any warning, and Wednesday’s tablet refresh was no different. All told the retailer launched new versions of the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 along with the Kids edition of both devices.

The Fire 7 retains its $49.99 price tag and is now thinner and lighter than the previous version with a 7-inch IPS display. Amazon also stated that the new model features a longer battery life and improved Wi-Fi connectivity.

You can purchase the device in 8 or 16GB models with and without special offers. You can also expand the storage with microSD support up to 256GB.

On the Fire HD 8 side of the updates, the new version of the tablet features up to 12 hours of battery life and comes in 16GB and 32GB versions. Again you can choose to purchase with and without special offers with the base price starting at $79.99, $10 less than the previous version.

You can expand the storage with a 256GB microSD card which may be a wise choice as the Fire HD 8 includes Dolby Atmos making it a good choice for watching movies wherever you want.

The Kids Edition of both tablets were refreshed as well. As with previous editions, both models come with a kid-proof case and include a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited which allows the user to access 15,000 books, videos, educational apps and games that are age appropriate.

All four refreshed tablets will be released on June 7, but you can pre-order them now to get them as soon as they are available.

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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...


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