Amazon refreshes lineup of low-cost tablets, new kids model

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Amazon Fire TV provides viewers with access to more than 15,000 channels, apps and (now) Alexa skills, plus more than 300,000 TV episodes and movies from numerous providers including Netflix and Hulu.

Amazon quietly released two new Fire Tablets today and they are both available for pre-order.

And the other one is that Amazon keeps on putting out extremely compelling tablets that cost about the same as a meal out.

"It will have a longer life cycle than a regular smart TV", said Amazon's Smart TV Vice President, Sandeep Gupta.

Fire TV Edition is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core CPU, multi-core 3D GPU chipset for instant search results and fast and fluid responsiveness. Starting price is a mere US$49.99. Parents can also add additional websites if they choose to. The TV will be available for pre-sale on May 16, and will be in stores in June.

The Fire HD 8 (left) and the Fire 7. But now, large-screened smartphones and surge in sales of detachable laptops - essentially, tablets with a keyboard - are growing and have numerous same selling points as tablets. The two have nearly the same specs as with the Kids Edition tablets.

Amazon also updated its 8-inch Fire HD 8 with a slightly new design. Both the Fire 7 and the Fire HD 8 come with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. Internally, it features a quad-core MediaTek CPU, 1GB of memory, and either 8GB or 16GB of storage.

Not a lot. The new tablet is 1mm thinner and 18g lighter and has a 7in display with higher contrast than before thanks to a new polarising filter. The previous Fire 7 was rated for 7 hours but only lasted 6:30 on the Laptop Mag Battery Test (internet surfing at 150 nits), whereas the previous HD 8 posted a time of 11:19 minutes. The Fire 7 starts at £50/$50. It will also be available in black, blue, red, and yellow with either 16GB or 32GB of storage. Wireless connectivity's handled by dual-band, dual-antenna 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1. The battery will give you around 12 hours of usage.

Overall, at least from a very limited first impression, we have to call these new Amazon Fire 4K TVs a pretty decent deal. The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition costs $129.99 and comes with one free year of FreeTime Unlimited and a free two-year "worry free" guarantee, allowing buyers to replace the tablet irrespective of the type of damage, notes The Verge.