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Amazon has today unveiled four new Fire tablets as part of a refreshed line-up, all of which are designed to be budget yet solid options for quick, easy media consumption.
The Fire HD8 and Fire HD10 are the two larger, more premium models, featuring 8- and 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 displays respectively. Amazon hasn't provided the full spec sheets for either of these tablets just yet, but we do know both feature partly-metal bodies that are 7.7mm thick, and Gorilla Glass-protected displays capable of 400nits of brightness.
The HD8 and HD10 are powered by unspecified 1.5 GHz quad-core SoCs, and both support 802.1ac Wi-Fi and feature microSD card slots. The HD8 will go on sale for $150 with 8 GB of internal storage, while the HD10 will be $230 and come with 16 GB of storage.
Perhaps the most compelling tablet Amazon has announced today is simply called the 'Fire': a 7-inch 1024 x 600 tablet that will retail for just $50. The Fire isn't going to be a performance powerhouse, featuring just a 1.3 GHz quad-core SoC with 1 GB of RAM, but it will be a very cheap way to browse the web and watch movies on the go.
The Fire is so cheap that Amazon has decided to sell the tablet in a six-pack (as well as individually), where you essentially buy five tablets and get a sixth one for free. Amazon claim you might want a tablet that lives exclusively in each room of your house, hence the ability to buy the Fire in packs of six, but it could end up being a great gift option instead.
The fourth and final tablet Amazon has announced is the $100 Fire Kids Edition, which is essentially the very same Fire tablet with a kid-friendly case, a two-year warranty that includes accidental damage, and a year's subscription to Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited service that gives you access to a wide variety of children's books.
If you're interested in any of these tablets, they're available for pre-order now, and will begin shipping on September 30th.