Amazon is on a press release issuing spree today. They’ve announced a new lineup of Fire tablets for 2015 that includes an entry-level device for only $49.
It’s the least expensive Kindle Fire tablet released, undercutting last year’s Fire HD 6 by $50. Plus it’s a 7-inch tablet instead of 6, and it even has a microSD card slot.
The $49 Fire tablet has surprisingly decent specs for the price. The low resolution screen is the biggest con, but there had to be some drawbacks.
It has a 7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 (that’s 171 ppi; by comparison the Fire HD 6 has 252 ppi).
The $49 Fire tablet is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. Battery life is rated at up to 7 hours.
The device includes front and rear cameras, 8GB of storage space, and a microSD card slot. This new generation of Fire tablets is the very first to feature memory card slots, so that’s a pretty big deal.
The new Fire OS 5 looks like a nice change, with more of a traditional Android feel. The description states that the new homescreen includes dedicated content pages for books, games, and apps, video, music, audiobooks, and Newsstand. It certainly looks a lot better than the carousel layout from before.
The $49 Fire tablet is up for pre-order right now. It gets released on September 30th. Amazon has come up with a new 6-pack promotion where you can get one Fire tablet for free with the purchase of five.
$49 Fire Tablet Specs
- 7″ IPS Display
- 1024 x 600 (171 ppi) Resolution
- Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 8 GB Storage space (5 GB available)
- MicroSD card slot for cards up to 128GB
- VGA front-facing camera; 2 MP rear-facing HD camera
- Single-band Wi-Fi b/g/n
- Mono speaker
- 3.5 mm stereo jack
- Battery life: up to 7 hours
- Weight: 11.0 oz. (313 g)
- Dimensions: 7.5” x 4.5” x 0.4” (191 x 115 x 10.6 mm)