Amazon's 7" Kindle Fire and Kindle Kids Edition get new color options and bigger storage. The super cheap Fire tablet new colors include magenta, blue and tangerine while the memory bumped to 16GB for $20 extra.
Amazon is offering new color options with its $50 Fire tablet in its bid to add some excitement to the budget tablet range. The new color options include magenta, blue and tangerine, in addition to the already available black.
Colors apart, there is a new variant of the Fire tablet also launched which comes with 16 GB of internal memory. The bigger storage also calls for $20 extra, pushing the price up to $70. However, some claim the microSD route will still be cheaper considering the same $20 can fetch a decent 64GB microSD card though that’s a different story. Meanwhile, users have the option to expand storage up to 128GB via microsSD cards. Extra storage is also almost imperative considering it is just about 5.6 GB that is available for the end-user, the rest filled up by the Fire OS 5 Bellini.
The rest of the specs though remain the same, which includes a 1.3-gigahertz quad-core processor, front and rear cams and a rather low 7″ IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600). While none of these can be considered exciting, those can still be considered adequate coming as it does at just 50 bucks.
As for the rest of the story, there is a new color addition to the Fire Kids Edition as well which now boasts of a bright green kid-proof case. So far, the cases were only available in shades of blue and pink.
Plus, there is a higher capacity version added to the Fire Kid Edition as well with the 16 GB model priced at $120. This will be on top of the Fire Kids Edition with 8 GB on board which continues to be available for $100.
Pre-orders are currently being accepted for all the tablet models with shipping slated to begin April 28.
Amazon had earlier launched full-blown tablet devices in both 7 and 8.9-inch configurations having all the bells and whistles. However, while the company broke tradition to launch rather low-end Fire tablet costing a mere $50, it went on to push the boundaries by launching a new high-end Kindle Oasis e-reader that costs $290. That’s enough to fetch 6 Fire tablet devices (Amazon is offering one Fire tablet free to anyone purchasing 5 of it) while still saving another $40.