Amazon is updating its cheap little Fire 7 tablet for the first time in three years, and it’s bringing some crowd-pleasing features: The updated tablet will feature USB-C charging, better battery life, and faster performance. Amazon, however, is bumping up the starting price a bit, from $49.99 to $59.99.
Amazon says the tablet’s quad-core processor is “30 percent faster” and that it will have 2GB of RAM instead of 1GB. In theory, the extra memory should allow you to load more web pages at once, and you won’t have to wait for apps to launch as often when you switch between them. The company also says that the tablet will last about 40 percent longer between charges, estimating that it will be able to do about 10 hours of browsing or watching videos.
Of course, the main feature is how you’ll charge that battery. The previous Fire 7 featured a micro-USB charging port, but the update replaces it with a more modern connection. Amazon also says that the tablet is “available with” a 5W power adapter in the box.
Amazon did not respond the edgeThe question of whether that meant all tablets would come with the charging block or if it would be an additional option in time for press. The company also didn’t immediately clarify whether the $59.99 price tag was for a version of the tablet with lockscreen ads, which has the least expensive model of the current Fire 7.
One thing is missing compared to the previous version. The new Fire 7 will only come in three colors: black, denim and pink, instead of the four that the previous model was available in. (Sorry, fans of the color green).
This is pretty much the same kind of spec upgrade the Fire HD 8 got in 2020, and it’s good to see Amazon’s least expensive tablet getting the upgrades too.
As with the previous generation, the tablet will also be available in a “Kids” edition, which will come with a rugged case that can be blue, red, or purple. As with the previous version, the kid-focused tablet comes with a year of Amazon’s “Kids Plus” service that includes access to educational programs and exclusive games. It has also gone up in price. It starts at $109.99 instead of $99.99, but you can now upgrade to 32GB of storage if your child wants to pack a lot of content for long road trips or flights.
Both versions of the Fire 7 are available for preorder today and will start shipping on June 29. While you’ll probably want to look elsewhere if you’re looking for true powerhouse of a tablet (the entry-level iPad is probably a good place to start), the Fire 7 should be fine if you’re just looking for something. to play videos, read books, or act as a way to interact with Alexa.