Amazon’s 8-inch Fire tablet will now cost $10 less, the company announced Wednesday. The online retail giant recently updated its Fire tablet line to include new features and, for Fire HD 8, a slight slash in price.
Amazon’s 7-inch Fire tablet costs only $50, and is the cheapest tablet currently available in the market. The updated version of the Fire tablet is now 10 percent thinner and has a screen better designed for reading eBooks. In addition, battery life has been increased to 8 hours from 7 hours.
- The next generation of our best-reviewed Fire tablet, with up to 12 hours of battery life, a vibrant 8" HD display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, and Dolby Audio. More durable than the latest iPad.
- 16 or 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage
- Now with Alexa, for quick access to the information and entertainment you want. Ask questions, play music, check your calendar, get the news, weather, and more - just press the home button and ask.
- Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle eBooks, apps and games - including Netflix, Facebook, HBO, Spotify, and more
- Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books and magazines, millions of songs, and thousands of movies and TV episodes - at no additional cost
The slightly larger 8-inch Fire tablet used to cost $90, and will now only cost $80. Battery power for this version is 12 hours, compared to just 10 hours on the iPad.
The company announced that the new Fire models will also have Alexa AI voice control, available for the first time in the U.K. Older models will also get support with an update to be released on a future date. The Fire tablets updated models will be soon available with colorful skins intended to appeal to kids.
Amazon’s Fire tablets have seen lucrative sales despite the overall market for tablets showing signs of slow growth. The company still lags behind Apple’s whopping 25 percent share in the tablet market however. The new price cuts and user-friendly changes will definitely make the Fire tablet series more appealing to budget-minded consumers.