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New Amazon Fire 7 tablet offers more power for the same low price

The new Amazon Fire 7. Image credit: Amazon
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Amazon’s cheapest tablet has just had an upgrade, as the company has announced that it’s launching a new version of the Amazon Fire 7 and that it’s charging the same price as for the old model, making it just £49.99 (presumably $49.99 but that’s to be confirmed).

The slate packs in twice as much storage as the old model, with 16GB or 32GB built in (along with a microSD card slot), and it has a faster 1.3GHz quad-core chipset. It also gives you hands-free access to Alexa, and has an upgraded 2MP front-facing camera.

Most of the rest of the specs and features sound similar to its predecessor. There’s a 7-inch screen, a 2MP rear camera, and a number of Amazon-exclusive features, such as X-Ray and Family Library. Interestingly, the battery life is listed as up to 7 hours, which is actually one hour less than the old model.

The new Amazon Fire 7 will be available in Black, Twilight Blue, Plum and Sage shades, and is available to pre-order from today (May 16), with the slate shipping from June 6.

But this isn’t the only new tablet from Amazon, as the company has also announced a new version of the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition. This is also the same price as the old model, at £99.99 (likely $99.99), and it too has a faster chipset than the old model.

It additionally has a 7-inch screen, 16GB of storage, a kid-proof case with an adjustable stand, a microSD card slot, and parental controls. It also comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon Fire for Kids Unlimited, which provides access to child-friendly books, videos, apps, games and audiobooks.

The new Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition is also available to pre-order from today (May 16), hits stores on June 6, and it comes in Blue, Pink and Purple colors.

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.