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Amazon's new $60 Fire 7 tablet is up for pre-order - with some highly anticipated upgrades | CNN underlined

Amazon’s affordable Fire 7 tablet has long been a favorite of kids and budget-conscious shoppers, but the most recent model of 2019 is starting to show its age. Thankfully, Amazon has just updated its most popular tablet with a faster processor, longer promised battery life, and — finally — a USB-C port for faster, easier charging.

The new $59 Amazon Fire 7 Tablet and $109 Fire 7 Kids Tablet are both available for pre-order now and will ship on June 29. Wondering if it’s time to upgrade? Here’s what you need to know.

The 2022 Fire 7 is an improvement over the previous model with a quad-core processor that Amazon says is 30% faster than before, as well as double the RAM for smoother multitasking. The company rates the new tablet for up to 10 hours of battery life, which it says is a 40% improvement over the last Fire 7 launched in 2019.



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But perhaps the Fire 7’s biggest upgrade is that it ditched the dated microUSB port from the last-gen version and finally made the jump to USB-C, complete with an included cable and 5W wall charger in the box. This brings Amazon’s budget tablet up to modern standards, with a charging port that’s easier to plug in and one that supports the litany of USB-C cables that many people already have in their homes.

Aside from the improved specs, the Fire 7 delivers the same Amazon tablet experience that we found especially ideal for casual users, especially if you’re already subscribed to many Amazon services. The Amazon app store isn’t as comprehensive as what you get on an iPad or Android tablet, but it does provide access to most of the major services. That includes Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+ and TikTok for entertainment, as well as Zoom when it comes time to make a video call using the same integrated 2-megapixel webcam found on the previous model. There’s also hands-free Alexa support for opening apps and shopping on Amazon with your voice. Amazon says the tablet is “twice as durable” as the latest iPad Mini, something we’ll have to test ourselves.

The latest Fire 7 is available in Black, Denim and Rose – unfortunately there is no longer a Sage option for those using Team Green. And as with previous iterations, there’s also a $109 Fire 7 Kids edition that comes with a soft “kid-proof” case in your choice of blue, red, or purple, as well as a one-year Amazon Kids+ subscription that includes your little one gets access to kid-friendly videos, books, apps and games. After your year is up, Amazon Kids+ starts at $2.99 ​​per month for Amazon Prime members, or $4.99 per month for those not subscribed to Prime.

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The 2022 Fire 7’s improved performance does come at a price, as the tablet’s $59.99 starting price is a $10 increase over the previous generation. And if you don’t want to deal with lockscreen ads, you’ll have to pay for the $74.99 model. This has long been the standard for Amazon tablets and is a minor annoyance, but it makes Fire tablets significantly cheaper than the competition.

We’ve had a good experience overall with Amazon’s slates, with the Fire HD 8 Plus currently on our best tablets list as our budget option of choice. While we generally prefer the iPad, you’ll have to pay a minimum of $329 for it. We’ll have to test the new $59 Fire 7 tablet to make a final verdict, but if you’re looking for something simple and affordable to stream your favorite shows and browse the web, it looks like one. attractive option – especially now that it has finally been modernized.

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