Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

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


The new Fire HD comes with an 8-inch 1,280-by-800 IPS display, up to 12 hours of battery life, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and up to 256GB of expandable storage via a microSD card.

As usual, the low prices on the new tablets are "With Special Offers", meaning your tablet will display the occasional ad.

The all-new Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition and all-new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition cost £99 and £129 respectively, again from 7 June. After all, the company has released a new Fire HD slate in late September or early October for pretty much the last five years. "Plus, both tablets include Alexa-it's an incredible value we think customers will love". In further tweaks to the design Amazon has made it thinner and lighter.

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Despite the Fire 7's improved display, it's still not quite HD. The new devices have been added to the Kindle Fire edition. Users should also enjoy faster Wi-Fi connections says Amazon. Otherwise they're pretty much the same as their adult relatives, albeit with a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited and a two-year, no questions asked guarantee. Amazon claims that notifications are coming "soon" but hasn't shared a more specific time frame yet. The available colour options are black, punch red, marine blue and canary yellow.

Alexa makes it easy to have your favorite entertainment right at your fingertips.

"Soon customers will be able to enable notifications for select skills and Amazon.com shopping updates on most devices with Alexa", Amazon's David Isbitski commented on Amazon's developer blog. Alexa provides natural-language responses, combined with on-screen information on the tablet's display-ask for the weather and see the week's forecast, ask to play a song and see the album cover.

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Amazon offers access to millions of movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps, games, audiobooks, and magazines. Whenever there is a new notification a chime and green light will appear on the Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, or Amazon Echo Show. Amazon may have inadvertently revealed that developers from some companies have already started working on getting their associated Alexa skills updated since the announcement also confides that AccuWeather, The Washington Post, Just Eat, and Life360 will be among the first to push out notifications.

Both of the new Amazon tablets are available in a variety of new colors as well.

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