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Amazon Launches $49 Fire Tablet

by on September 17, 2015
in Tablets & eReaders, News, Computers and Software, Blog :: 4 comments

Amazon Fire TabletAmazon is changing the game when it comes to low-priced tablets. Today, the company announced the launch of the Amazon Fire, a capable 7-inch mobile device slated to retail for just $49.99.

“Today, we’re taking another step in our mission to deliver premium products at non-premium prices,” explained Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. “The all-new Fire features a quad-core processor, is incredibly durable, and is backed by the Amazon content ecosystem, the new Amazon Underground, and Amazon customer service with Mayday Screen Sharing. Fire sets a new bar for what customers should expect from a low cost tablet.”

The new Amazon Fire runs the recently updated Fire OS 5 Bellini. Thus, the device comes packed with Amazon-friendly features, like the new Amazon Underground app store, parental control and X-ray for second screen TV watching. It’s also Family Library enabled, so you can immediately use your new tablet to share e-books and apps amongst all members of your household.

Inside, the new Fire tablet has a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM (twice the processing power of the $100+ Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, Amazon brags), 8 GB of internal memory (expandable to 128 GB by microSD) and a 7-hour battery. The 1024 x 600, 7-inch IPS (in plane switching) has a respectable 171 pixels per inch. There are cameras on the device, too, but they’re quite basic: There’s a VGA front camera for low-res selfies and video chat and a 2-megapixel rear camera that shoots 720p HD video.

The new Amazon Fire hardware won’t wow you the same way the new Apple iPad Pro surely will. But that’s OK – the focus here is delivering value. You simply cannot find a tablet of the Fire’s quality from a company whose name you’ll actually recognize for anywhere near $49. If you have a big family (or an institutional need), the deal gets even better: You can purchase a 6-pack of Amazon Fire tablets for $249 using coupon code FIRE6PACK at checkout.

The new Amazon Fire starts shipping September 30. You can pre-order your tablet by visiting the Amazon website.

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From Dianne Piscitelli on September 18, 2015 :: 3:02 pm

There is a 49.00 sale today. Can I get one for the sale price and can I get it with a 50.00 cergificate Thank you. Dianne Piscitelli

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for instruction

From Brenda Blakely on September 18, 2015 :: 3:03 pm

Can I load an educational software on CD into this tablet?

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Children

From Barbara Poling Tyrrell on September 19, 2015 :: 2:36 pm

Will this be available with bumpers for small children?

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To answer a few Q

From Lauren Rathbone on October 01, 2015 :: 1:05 pm

Heads up, it is $49 BUT it has a lock screen ad. Every time your screen locks an ad will show up. It sucks yes, but amazon offers a $15 fee at check out to remove the ad screen

Kids Version. I got one too. The kids version is where it is at for kids. It is $99 (no ad lockscreen) with a foam bumper. It also has a kids profiles (small kids, and teens profiles)  You can see aps they have downloaded, and limit them to what they can download (aka free stuff) it also comes with freetime for a year (this is the option that allows you to control how much time they get. IE, no free time unless they spend 30 minutes in educational apps) The kids version also has an adult profile that works just like the fire tablet. The adult version has a pin lock on it so your kids can not go snooping in your settings

These deals are best with Amazon prime (anyone who does not have prime is missing out on a lot of free stuff)

a side note, When you fire comes he may come in a different language (mine came in chinese) so at set up the bottom right has a gray button, push that and it should show you all the languages

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