Amazon's Fire tablets get little thinner and faster

James Marshall
May 19, 2017

The new devices have been added to the Kindle Fire edition. In further tweaks to the design Amazon has made it thinner and lighter.

"We suspect few people will choose the 7" model with 16 GB of storage given the $80 asking price of the 8" tablet. Customers will need to opt-in to the feature, and Amazon encourages feedback through the Alexa App.

This means users will be able to add notifications for select skills on most devices with Alexa - and comes just weeks after Amazon announced it is expanding the Alexa family to include Echo Look and Echo Show. Both machines pack 1.3 GHz quad-core SoCs of undisclosed provenance and microSD card slots for extra storage. It retails from $49.99 / £49.99 (8GB version, with "Special Offers") and is pre-orderable today for delivery from 7 June.

In March, Apple cut the price of the iPad and Amazon's new Fire devices are not only the most technologically advanced they've ever built, they're also the most affordable since the company moved into the tablet market.

Both of the new Amazon tablets are available in a variety of new colors as well. Dolby Audio helps you enjoy your tablet content. It also has a quad-core processor, 16 GB of storage with support for up to 256 GB more and a battery life of up to 12 hours.

The Fire 7 Kids Edition costs £100, while the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is £130.

Amazon also seems to know that you aren't sure if you can justify buying a new tablet. Priced at $49.99, the fantastic tablet is the best you can ask for.

The push notifications feature sounds interesting because until now the smart digital assistants were not efficient at delivering the information.

Secondly there's a combination of comprehensive parental management tools and an included Amazon FreeTime subscription (1 year).

Both of the kids' devices also come with Fire for Kids Unlimited which is a service that offers age-appropriate books, videos, games and educational apps.

Alexa also will be hitting vintage 2015 Fire tablets.

The new Fire 7 keeps the same low price tag despite some positive changes to its spec sheet: there's a new 7-inch IPS display with higher contrast, and an improved battery that Amazon says will give you eight hours of unplugged mixed use.

You'll be able to use the "Alexa" Amazon voice assistant on the new Fire tablets.

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