E-commerce major Amazon on Thursday launched a new tablet in the US. Named the Fire 7, the tablet only costs $49.99 (about ₹3,500) and starts shipping on June 6.
Amazon’s Fire tablets have a major advantage of offering easy access to Amazon’s ecosystem of products, including its Alexa voice assistant, Prime Video, Prime Music, the company’s app store and Amazon.com.
The Fire 7 is essentially a revamped version of a tablet of the same name launched by Amazon in 2017. It has still got that 7-inch HD display for media consumption and carries forward the same 1.3GHz quad-core chip. However, it offers higher storage (up to 32GB) and storage expansion up to 512GB via a microSD card. Amazon has made no mention of its memory capacity. It is available in four colours including black, green, purple and blue.
Amazon also announced a “Kid’s Version” of the Fire 7. Priced at $99.99 (about ₹7,000), it ships with a “kid-proof case”. It also comes with a year’s subscription of Amazon’s FreeTime service, which has a library of kid-friendly games, apps, books and videos.
The Fire 7 is a good tablet for those who mainly wish to watch videos, listen to music and mildly surf the Internet. Don’t expect to have any hardcore gaming sessions with it as it’s just not built for that kind of abuse. Given the fact that the base variant of the iPad Mini starts at ₹48,900, the Fire 7 seems like a very compelling proposition for most users. We just hope Amazon announces it in India.