Amazon updates $50 Fire 7 pill with quicker processor, extra storage

The Fire 7.

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We all the time thought Amazon’s entry-level pill, the Fire 7 ($50, £50), was an excellent worth, notably when it was discounted by $10 and even $15 throughout flash gross sales. Now Amazon is updating it with a quicker processor and bumping the bottom storage from 8GB to 16GB. The “all-new” Fire 7 is accessible for preorder now and can ship June 7.

The different addition Amazon is highlighting is assist for hands-free Alexa. That signifies that as an alternative hitting a digital button on the display screen to activate Alexa, you merely say “Alexa” such as you would with an Echo system — as long as you are on Wi-Fi. The characteristic will be toggled off within the settings menu. It was already added to the Fire HD eight and Fire HD 10.

Like different Amazon tablets, the Fire 7 provides you entry to the corporate’s unique options, which embody Alexa, ASAP, X-Ray, Second Screen, Amazon FreeTime, Family Library, Blue Shade, On Deck and Prime Video downloads. Prime members even have entry to tens of millions of films, TV reveals, songs, books, magazines, apps and video games with free, limitless cloud storage for all Amazon content material.

The pill can be obtainable in 16GB ($50, £50) or 32GB ($70, £60) configurations.

Amazon has additionally introduced a brand new Fire 7 Kids Edition ($100, £100) that comes with 16GB of storage, one yr of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a “kid-proof” case with a brand new adjustable stand and a two-year free alternative coverage. 

Like the earlier mannequin, the brand new Fire 7 includes a 1.three GHz processor — however presumably it is a new processor that certainly is quicker. As quickly as I get a assessment pattern, I am going to let you know the way a lot of a distinction the brand new processor makes. 

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Key Features

1,024×600-pixel show
10.four oz (295 grams)
7.6×4.5×0.four inches (192x115x9.6 mm)
Quad-core 1.3GHz processor
Front- and rear-facing camerasFree, limitless cloud storage for all photographs taken on Fire units
Up to 512GB of expandable storage by way of microSD card (up from 256GB on earlier mannequin)
Dual-band Wi-Fi assist
Battery life: Up to 7 hours of studying, listening to music, streaming video and internet searching
Screen sharing: Let an Amazon skilled information you remotely by way of any characteristic on your display screen for freeAccess to unique Amazon options, providers and media librariesNew coloration choices: Black, Sage, Plum, and Twilight Blue