After a long break, world’s largest e-commerce company Amazon has finally refreshed its Fire 7 tablet for 2019. This time around, the 7-inch tablet will also be available in Kids Edition. Amazon’s tablet is by no means cutting edge. Looking at those press images, I bet I could land four Boeing 747 Jets on this tablet. The biggest draw here is the dirt-cheap pricing. The 16 GB base model is pegged at $50, which roughly translates to Rs 3,500. For 32 GB internal storage, you will have to pay $70 (approx. Rs 5,000).
Amazon Fire 7 Tablet Specs
The latest Fire 7 tablet features a 7-inch screen with 1024×600 pixels. This translates to poor pixel density of around 171 ppi. Don’t be surprised to see jagged edges around the rounded icons. All is not lost though, as this IPS (In Plane Switching) display should offer good color reproduction and wide viewing angles. The new Fire 7 is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. At this point, there’s no information regarding the chipset manufacturer. The tablet has 1 GB of RAM and you get to choose from 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage. In the 16 GB model, 9.4 GB storage will be user accessible. Similarly, you will get to access 23.6 GB in the 32 GB variant. You can expand the storage further via a microSD card slot.
Moving on the optics, you get a 2 MP camera module on the front and back. Both these snappers are capable of recording HD videos. Just don’t get your hopes high for selfies. The new Fire 7 has an onboard loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm audio jack. Amazon hasn’t shed light on the battery capacity. However, it claims that the tablet can last up to 7 hours of reading, web browsing, and video playback. It lacks any kind of fast charging technology. As a result, the tablet takes a whopping four hours to fully charge. In the connectivity department, you get dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP support for stereo headsets.
Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition
The Fire 7 Kids Edition comes with a colorful rugged case designed to protect the tablet from those mean babies. Amazon claims that it should survive against every drop and bump your kids will subject it to. The company is even offering a 2-year guarantee on the Kids Edition. If your child manages to break it, Amazon will replace it for free. The case has ergonomic grip and a kick stand. Amazon has baked in a parental control software that can limit the screen time and content for up to four profiles. The company has also ensured that the kids can’t make any in-app purchase without their parents’ approval. The Kids Edition is priced at $100, which is around Rs 7,000.
Right after the launch of the iPad, tablets were quite a rage in the first half of this decade. However, more recently the market has been fast dwindling save for a few bright spots such as the iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro. In the shrinking tablet market, Amazon is relying on its aggressive pricing rather than features for success.