Monday, 29 May, 2017

Amazon refreshes lineup of low-cost tablets, new kids model

Amazon's Streaming Software Powers New Smart TVs Amazon Targets Cord Cutters With First-Ever Integrated Fire TV Sets
Sherri Watson | 18 May, 2017, 09:43

LG Electronics USA Vice President of Marketing David VanderWaal (L) and Amazon Vice President of Alexa, Echo and Appstore Mike George display the LG Smart InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerator during a LG press event for CES 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We'll bring you a full review of the new Fire 7 as soon as we can. Is Amazon done with tablets?

The new Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets are available for pre-order starting today in new color options which include Black, Punch Red, Canary Yellow, and Marine Blue.

Alexa is also built in, so you can use your voice instead of your fingers to make things happen.

Not a lot. The new tablet is 1mm thinner and 18g lighter and has a 7in display with higher contrast than before thanks to a new polarising filter. The Fire HD 8's display is also staying put at 1280 x 800 pixels. The Fire 8 HD has 12 hours of battery life and either 16 GB or 32 GB of storage that can also be expanded to 256 GB.

As for pricing, this new Fire HD 8 is £10 cheaper this year too: at £80, and you can pick one up from 7 June.

If you want a more Spotify-like level of music access, that's another £79 per year, which is a decent deal. Better still, If you were hoping to get your hands on Amazon's Alexa without having to pay for a glorified speaker, you're in luck. (Prime subscribers spend about twice as much.) As a sort of Trojan horse, then, Amazon devices are incredibly effective.

Overall, at least from a very limited first impression, we have to call these new Amazon Fire 4K TVs a pretty decent deal. Their key difference, however, is that they are packaged with kids in mind.

The Verge reports that beyond Amazon alone, these TVs will also be available in physical retail stores in June. Of course, parents have the final say, with parental controls at their fingertips.

Although Amazon has freshened up its Fire tablet selection, it has fortunately not raised its prices.

Amazon today announced two new additions to its Fire Tablet lineup-the all-new Fire 7 and all-new Fire HD 8.

You can find out more information about these new Element Amazon Fire TV Editions over at the company's website at the link below.

In fact, presumably Amazon won't roll out most of the core Show functionality to Fire tablets, because if they did, why the hell would you buy a Show?

Start using the Fire HD 8, however, and it's clear how Amazon's managed to keep the cost so low.