Amazon unveiled improved versions of two of its tablets: the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 are inexpensive models that include Alexa integration.
The Fire 7 features a thinner and lighter design, and an improved 7-inch IPS display with higher contrast and sharper text. There’s a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and Amazon promises longer battery life with up to 8 hours of mixed use. The computer is sold with 8 GB of storage, with support for up to 256 GB more via optional microSD card. This is the replacement for the Amazon Fire that debuted back in 2015.
The updated Fire HD 8 offers an 8-inch HD display and a 1.3 quad-core processor. It will go for up to 12 hours on a single charge, according to its manufacturer. It includes 16 GB of storage with support for up to 256 GB more, plus Alexa—now only $79.99.
Buyers have a choice of black, punch red, marine blue, and canary yellow casings.
Alexa and Prime
With a long-press of the home button, users can ask Alexa questions or give commands. The voice service provides natural-language responses, combined with on-screen information—ask for the weather and see the week’s forecast, ask to play a song and see the album cover. Or users can for the news, weather, jokes, questions, and more.
Fire Tablet customers that are Amazon Prime members have access to millions of movies, TV episodes, songs, books, and much more included as part of their member benefits.
Amazon Fire Price and Availability
The Amazon Fire 7 is priced at $49.99, while the Amazon Fire HD 8 is $79.99. Both tablets are available for pre-order now. They will start shipping on June 7.
Protective covers are also available for these products in multiple colors. These can do double-duty as stands in either landscape or portrait orientations. Fire 7 protective covers are $24.99 and Fire HD 8 covers are $29.99.