Amazon spearheads Kindle revival with $50 Fire tablet, and new 8-inch and 10-inch slates

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Amazon has launched a completely refreshed range of Kindle Fire tablets, with four new versions in total, soon after rumors began gathering of their impending arrival. The headliner is a low cost 7-inch model, which is joined by a new Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 model, along with a revamped Kids Edition.

New Fire costs just $50

The new Fire tablet is Amazon’s entry level device, and costs an almost impossibly cheap $50. Early leaks warned the tablet wouldn’t have a high spec, and sure enough, this is a very basic tablet — but it does have some interesting additions we weren’t expecting.

It’s a 7-inch display for a start, rather than the rumored 6-inches, but the basic 1024 x 600 pixel resolution isn’t going to win it many fans. Inside is a 1.3GHz quad-core processor that’s likely built by MediaTek, and a total of 8GB storage space. However, the good news is the tablet has a MicroSD card slot that will add up to 128GB space to this figure.

There are also two cameras, a 2 megapixel on the rear and a VGA cam on the front. Amazon’s Mayday feature is installed, along with the latest version of Fire OS, named Bellini, complete with an updated UI and new features.

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Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10

The Fire is joined by the Fire HD 8 and the Fire HD 10. Both use the same quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 5-megapixel rear cameras, and 720p video recording front cams, plus provide dual-band Wi-Fi over the Fire’s single band connection.

The difference comes in the screen size, which is either 8-inches or 10-inches — the resolution stays at 1280 x 800 — and the storage space. The Fire HD 8 has either 8GB or 16GB space, while the Fire HD 10 has 16GB or 32GB. Both have MicroSD card slots to increase this, and an average battery life of 8 hours.

Unsurprisingly, they cost more than the basic Fire, and you’ll need to part with $150 upwards for the Fire HD 8, and at least $230 for the HD 10, depending on your choice of storage space and Amazon Offers’s preference.

Preorder the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 now from:

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Amazon Fire Kids Edition

Finally, there’s the new Kids Edition, which wraps the basic Fire tablet up in a tough, kid-proof casing, and comes with a two-year guarantee that if your kids break it, Amazon will replace it for free. The tablet also comes with a year’s subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which contains more than 10,000 apps, games, movies, and other media that’s ideally suited to little ones. The Fire Kids Edition costs $100.

Preorder the Fire Kids Edition now from:

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All Amazon’s new tablets are available for pre-order right now, and have a release date of September 30.

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