Amazon.com, Inc. on Thursday released a slew of gadgets keeping in mind the upcoming holiday season. The e-commerce giant has finally released its $50 Fire tablet. In addition, the company is also offering 1 Fire tablet for free on purchase of 5 tablets for $250, most likely an attempt to entice holiday shoppers. These new budget tablets will be available starting September 30, where interested can also go for the ‘six pack’ option mentioned above.
“Today, we’re taking another step in our mission to deliver premium products at non-premium prices,” Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos said in unveiling the new tablet.
To no surprise, the tablet’s specs are not any high-end as it offers 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 resolution, while powering the tablet will be a 1.3Ghz processor bundled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. In terms of optics, the company has put basic front and rear facing cameras. The new Fire tablet runs the latest version of Fire OS with the company claiming seven hours of battery life on average usage.
Along with this low-cost Fire tablet, the company has also refreshed its Fire HD 8 tablet for $149, and a new 10.1-inch Fire HD, which offers a 16:10 HD display and a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor. Priced at $230, the tablet will be available in black or white color options.
Apart from the new range of Fire tablets, the company has also announced a refreshed version of its Fire TV media box and console for $99, along with a new Fire TV Stick with Alexa-based voice remote for $49. These devices will essentially allow users to stream high-def. 4K content from Amazon along with other online streaming services such as Netflix, HBO, and Showtime.
Amazon will also be launching a Fire TV Gaming Edition for $139 that’ll include a gamepad, two gaming titles (Shovel Knight, Duck Tales Remastered), along with the option to purchase a standalone controller for $49.
“Today, we’re excited to expand gaming on Fire TV by providing a new option – Fire TV Gaming Edition – for customers and families who are looking for affordable and high-quality gaming,” said Amazon Vice President Peter Larsen.