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Amazon’s Upgraded Fire Tablets Are Thinner and Faster — and They Start at Just $50

Today, Amazon announced an update to its line of inexpensive tablets. According to Amazon, the updated Fire 7 ($50) will be thinner and lighter, with an improved display and a better battery life. It also comes with Alexa built in. The Fire HD 8, Amazon’s slightly larger and more feature-packed model, hasn’t really been updated, but its price dropped to $80. (It was previously $90.)

The updated Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 won’t blow you away with specs or brilliant displays. However, for the price, they’re the best options for streaming video or reading e-books — especially if you’re an Amazon Prime member. If you plan on using the tablet for gaming or work, there are much better options out there.

Additionally, Amazon announced kid-friendly models for both the Fire 7 ($100) and Fire HD 8 ($130). (Previously, only the Fire 7 Kids Edition was available.) Each comes with a rugged case and a free year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited (normally $2.99/month), a subscription service giving kids access to over 15,000 kid-friendly books, videos and educational apps. Both models also come with a two-year warranty. Neither of the children’s versions comes with Alexa, however.

Devices ship on June 7 and preorders start today. All tablets come in a range of colorways: black, red, yellow and blue. Children’s models are also available in pink.

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