Amazon announces refreshed Fire 7 and Fire 7 Kids Edition tablets

The next-generation Amazon Fire 7 tablet. Amazon

The next-generation Amazon Fire 7 tablet. Amazon

If that's not enough, the Fire 7 now supports up to 512GB microSD cards.

Starting with the Fire 7, the tablet features a faster processor than its predecessor.

There's also an HD 720p upgraded 2MP front-facing camera, unlimited cloud storage at no extra cost and three new colours in addition to black: twilight blue, plum and sage. On the other hand, mixed-use battery life is now rated at 7 hours, an hour less than the previous version, so take the pro and con as you will.

Fast Wi-Fi connectivity-Dual-band Wi-Fi support for seamless video streaming.

In terms of what's staying the same, the slate still packs a 7-inch screen, and Amazon's quoting the tablet as being twice as durable as the iPad mini. This is an low-priced, colorful plastic tablet with a 7-inch, 1,024-by-600 screen, dual-band Wi-Fi, a MicroSD memory card slot, a VGA front-facing camera and 2MP rear camera for video chat, and a mere 1GB of RAM. The capability to use Alexa hands-free remains from before.

The price doubles to $100 for the Kids Edition version of the Fire 7 tablet, but it includes the case, a year of Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited - access to books, audible books, apps, games and videos, along with parental controls - and a two-year guarantee that Amazon will replace the tablet if your child breaks it. Meanwhile, the Kids edition also comes with a new, adjustable stand. Anyone that purchases before the June 6 ship date will also receive a $10 credit that can be used in the Amazon Appstore. The all-new Amazon Fire 7 tablets are available for pre-order for just $50 and $70, but if you don't want ads on your lock screen, you'll have to pay $65 and $85, respectively.

"Fire Kids Edition tablets are the #1 best-selling kids' tablets in the United Kingdom and today, the Fire 7 Kids Edition is getting even better with a faster processor and a new kid-proof bumper with a stand", added Eric Saarnio. It too will be released on the sixth day of next month.

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