Amazon’s $50 tablet is the Amazon Fire, with six-packs starting under $250


Amazon is changing the rules when it comes to tablet pricing, offering a new tablet for under $50. The new Fire tablet includes a quad-core processor, 7” IPS display, front- and rear-facing cameras, up to 128GB of expandable storage, exclusive Amazon features and services, and access to Amazon ecosystem of devices—all for just $49.99. Customers can also choose to buy Fire as a six-pack for less than $250.

“Today, we’re taking another step in our mission to deliver premium products at non-premium prices,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO. “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 Fire tablets will offer over 38 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps, and games, as well as exclusive features like X-Ray, ASAP, and Second Screen to users. The company states that the new Fire, “is great for watching movies, playing games, reading books, listening to music, and more.”

The device runs on a Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor, which is 2x more processing power than Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite at less than half the price. The new fire is almost 2x more durable than the latest generation iPad Air, while offering both front and rear-facing cameras for video chat with unlimited cloud storage for all photos taken on Fire devices.

Customers will also be able to expand the storage up to 128GB via the microSD, so that you can download movies, shows and game for offline use.

As for battery life, the new Fire delivers up to 7 hours of reading, browsing the web, listening to music, and watching video. The new Fire OS 5 “Bellini” will offer an updated user interface that replicates the look and feel of a magazine, making browsing and searching for your content easier than ever—what you want is just one tap away; plus, Fire OS 5 includes hundreds of new and upgraded features and platform updates, plus Amazon-exclusive services.

The “Amazon Underground” offered is an app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free—including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs, and more.

The Activity Center is for parents whose kids have outgrown Amazon FreeTime, the Activity Center provides an easy way for them to see how their kids are spending time on their Fire tablet—from how much time they spend playing games, to which websites they visit. The Activity Center will be available via a free, over-the-air Fire OS update in the coming months.

Fire is $49.99, and will start shipping on September 30—order at Fire is also available as a buy five, get one free six-pack for $249.95.

In addition to Fire, Amazon also today introduced the new Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets, Fire Kids Edition tablet, and the all-new Amazon Fire TV.

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