Amazon Announces New Fire Tablets-Budget option for $50

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Today Amazon announced a full lineup of new Fire devices, the lineup includes several new tablets…thankfully no Fire Phone 2. The biggest attraction is the new $50 Fire tablet with a 7″ IPS display (1024 x 600), quad-core processor, front and back-facing camera, microSD slot for up to 128GB of storage, and the redesigned Bellini interface. If for some reason you need to buy a bunch of these cheap tablets, you can get a pack of 6 Fire tablets for under $250. I suppose this might be nice for school districts that want to buy in bulk, much cheaper than outfitting every kid with an iPad.

The next step up is the new Fire HD lineup, which comes in both 8″ and 10.1″ variants. Both variants include a very stylish build, quad-core processor, HD display, expandable storage slots for up to 128GB, access to cloud storage, and front and back-facing cameras. Both of these tablets are still competitively priced, coming in at $149 and $229.99 respectively.

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Lastly, Amazon introduced a new Fire Kid’s Edition to their lineup. The kid’s edition is understandably designed with wear and tear in mind. It also features an IPS display, microSD support, and access to all of Amazon’s kid-friendly apps. The best part of this device is the $99 price and Amazon’s 2 year replacement guarantee, should your kid break the tablet while playing.

Overall, it looks like Amazon has put together another solid lineup of affordable tablets. I still don’t care for Amazon’s heavily skinned version of Android, but I might give the $50 a look because, $50. Anyone else interested in any of these devices? If I had a kid I’d definitely grab one of the Kid’s Edition tablets for $99, solid deal with the guarantee. More coverage from Amazon’s announcements today is coming up soon, keep it locked here!

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"

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