Amazon announces refreshed Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets — Plus Kids Edition of each

As expected, Amazon has announced refreshed versions of their Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets, as well as an updated Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet and an all-new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet. The new tablets are good, but not dramatic, updates to the tablets they’re replacing. If you purchase any combination of 3 tablets, regardless of which you select, you can receive 20% off if you use promo code FIRE3PACK at checkout. Read more ›

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Exclusive: New Amazon Fire and Fire HD 8 tablets expected to be announced this week

They aren’t really much to look at, since once you’ve seen one black rectangle with a screen in the middle, you’ve seen them all, but above are thumbnail images of the new Amazon Fire and Fire HD 8 tablets that are very likely going to be announced as early as tomorrow. These are the new Amazon tablets that passed through FCC approval a couple of weeks ago. Read more ›

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Two new Amazon tablets pass through FCC approval

A pair of new tablets from Amazon have just gone through FCC approval. First spotted by Liliputing, the two tablets have been filed with the FCC under shell companies to try and hide the fact that they are made by Amazon, but there are telltale signs that make it certain these are future Amazon Fire tablets. As is always the case, photos and other revealing aspects of the FCC filing have been held back due to a confidentiality request, but there are still bits of interesting information to learn from the fillings. Read more ›

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Alexa to begin rolling out to Amazon Fire tablets this week

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When Amazon revealed the new Fire HD 8 tablet last month, they announced that it and other Fire tablets would soon have access to Alexa. It looks like soon has turned into now, because Alexa will begin rolling out to Fire tablets this week via a software update. It’s not entirely clear which specific tablets will be getting the voice assistant, but it’s for sure coming to Amazon’s current lineup of tablets, which includes the Fire 7″ tablet, the new Fire HD 8, and the Fire HD 10.

Alexa on tablets will work by pressing and holding the home button. In addition to Alexa’s standard capabilities, Amazon says all 3,000+ Alexa Skills will also work with Alexa on Fire tablets. Similar to on the Fire TV, Alexa on Fire tablets will display visual cards with additional information about your request. Echo and Echo Dot owners with Fire tablets will also see improvements to the visual cards that are displayed on Fire tablets when a request is made through an Echo device.

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Amazon’s tablet strategy of Less is More

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Amazon just announced their new Fire HD 8 tablet and in doing so, have dove deeper into their tablet strategy of: less is more. Amazon’s Fire Phone failure marks a turning point where the company stopped trying to go after the upper-end flagship hardware market, and started dominating the lower-end of the hardware spectrum. Last year’s line of new tablets reduced hardware specs across the board and cut prices by more than half. In doing so, they became Amazon’s best selling tablets to date, and include Amazon’s single best-selling device ever, the $49.99 Fire 7″ tablet, which incidentaly took the title of best-selling device from Amazon’s other budget device, the Fire TV Stick. This year’s new Fire HD 8 continues the trend of less is more. Read more ›

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Alexa coming to existing Fire, Fire HD 8, and Fire HD 10 tablets

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With the announcement of an all-new Fire HD 8 tablet, Amazon has revealed that Alexa will be making its way to existing Fire 7″ tablets, last year’s Fire HD 8 tablet, and existing Fire HD 10 tablets. The new feature will come in the form of a software update some time in the coming months. Amazon has not announced a specific date for the update.

It appears Alexa on tablets will function much in the same way as on the Fire TV. Pressing and holding the tablet’s home button will trigger Alexa to listen to your command. You can ask all the usual things Amazon Echo and Fire TV owners can ask Alexa, including asking Alexa to launch specific apps or control smart home devices. Alexa on tablets will also display information cards, just like it does on the Fire TV, when appropriate. Asking for the weather, for example, will have Alexa resonpond with the current weather conditions, as you’d expect, but will also display a weather pop-up card on the tablet’s screen with more information for the week’s weather.

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Amazon brings Alexa to mobile with all-new Fire HD 8 tablet

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Amazon has announced their all-new Fire HD 8 tablet. The biggest new feature is that the Alexa voice assistant will make its mobile debut in this new tablet. As for hardware, the new Fire HD 8 features 50% more RAM than the previous generation, at 1.5 GB, and a massive 12 hour battery life. The storage has been doubled to 16GB for the base model and it still includes a microSD card slot for expandable storage needs. It features the same 8″ 1280 x 800 HD screen as before, but Amazon has reduced the processor slightly from a 1.5 Ghz quad-core in last years model to a 1.3GHz quad-core processor in this new model. A slight reduction in some specs in order to reduce the device’s price is starting to be a trend for Amazon, and reduce the price they certainly have. The new Fire HD 8 is just $89.99, which is a significant drop from last year’s $150 price. Preorders are open now and the tablet will ship on September 21st. It’s also available in the UK for £89.99 and Germany for 109.99€.

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New Amazon Fire tablet makes FCC appearance

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A new Amazon Fire tablet has just made it through FCC approval. As is always the case, the filing was done under a temporary shell company, in this case Polebridge Port Hole LLC, but this is undoubtedly an Amazon tablet. The tablet carries model number PR53DC and FCC ID 2AETH-1210. Photos of the tablet are being held back due to a confidentiality request, but the testing documents do reveal it has 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi capabilities and Bluetooth v4.1. Also evident is the continued inclusion of a microSD card slot and camera. The lack of 802.11ac WiFi hints that this is likely a replacement for the very popular $49.99 Fire 7″ tablet, since all larger tablets in Amazon’s lineup currently support 802.11ac WiFi. Amazon has historically revealed new tablets in mid-September (see their 2014 and 2015 announcements), so it’s no surprise we’re seeing the first tablet in their new lineup pass through the FCC now.

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Amazon upgrades Fire HD 10 tablet to aluminum body and offers 64GB model

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Amazon has introduced a new aluminum version of the Fire HD 10 tablet. The best part is it’s the same price as the older black or white plastic models. Everything else about the tablet is the same except now it’ll feel better in the hand with the new aluminum body. Inside you’ll find the same 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 5MP camera, 8 hour battery life, and 10.1″ HD screen. One other thing that has changed is that there is now a 64GB option which quadruples the regular 16GB internal storage. The extra storage will run you $60 more than the base price and is currently only available on the new aluminum model.

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Amazon Fire Tablet now available in 3 new colors and 16GB option

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Amazon’s ridiculously low priced Fire 7″ Tablet is now available in 3 new colors as well as a new 16GB model. The new colors are magenta, blue, and tangerine and cost the same as the original black version. You will, however, have to poney up a bit more for the new 16GB model which doubles the original 8GB internal storage. The 16GB model is priced at $69.99, with the 8GB still at $49.99. The Fire Kids Edition 7″ Tablet, which is the same tablet but comes with a 2-year no questions asked replacement guarantee, as well as other child related perks, is also now available in the new 16GB option for just $20 more. Amazon has also added a new green kid-proof case option to the previous blue and pink color options.

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