Amazon presents four new tablets
A few years ago Amazon experienced major success with its Kindle Fire tablets and perhaps in a bid to repeat this experience the company has announced no less than four new tablets called Fire, Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10 and Fire Kids Edition.
We’ll start with the entry-level Fire and Fire Kids Edition tablets. There are no differences between the two models except that the Fire Kids Edition comes with a special shell that is supposed to protect it from accidents caused by careless children. The Amazon Fire (and hence the Amazon Fire Kids Edition) comes with a 7-inch IPS display that works at 1024 x 600 pixels, presumably a MediaTek MT8127 processor with four cores, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. The device also has a microSD card slot for expansion (up to 128 GB), a 0.3 MP front camera and a 2 MP rear one and a battery that has enough power for 7-hour video watching sessions and various sensors including Wi-Fi. The tablet measures 191 x 115 x 10.6 mm and weighs 313 grams. Due to the protective shell the dimensions of the Fire Kids Edition differ – this one measures 219 x 138 x 25.5 mm and weighs 405 grams.
The Fire Kids Edition tablet adds a few more functions to what the Fire offers but this is understandable given the fact that children will use the device – parents can ban access to various web sites, use passwords, limit the usage time and more. In addition to this the Fire Kids Edition has different pre-installed multimedia apps and comes with an enhanced 2-year warranty period where Amazon will replace a broken Fire Kids Edition tablet no matter the cause. Both devices will be on the market on September 30. The Fire will be available in black only, while the Fire Kids Edition will be offered in blue and pink colors. The devices will sell for USD 50 and USD 100, respectively.
The Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 also share most of the tech specs with a major difference being the display – the former tablet has an 8-inch display, while the latter has a 10.1-inch screen with both of them sporting IPS technology and the same resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The devices are powered by a MediaTek MT8135 processor that includes two Cortex-A17 cores, two Cortex-A7 cores and PowerVR G6200 graphics. The Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 have 1 GB of RAM and 8/16 GB of internal memory (Fire HD 8) and 16/32 GB of internal memory (Fire HD 10). In addition they have microSD card slots for expansion and a battery with an unknown capacity that should last for up to 8 hours in mixed mode usage. The Fire HD 8 measures 214 x 128 x 7.7 mm for total weight of 311 grams, while the Fire HD 10 measures 262 x 159 x 7.7 mm for total weight of 432 grams. Just like the Fire and Fire Kids Edition the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 will be on the market on September 30. The smaller tablet will be available in black, blue, orange and pink colors, while the larger Fire HD 10 will be available in white or black only. The devices will sell for USD 150 and USD 230, respectively.
All new Amazon tablets run Fire OS 5, which is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.