Amazon launched a kid-friendly variant of Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablet. The parents that loves the parental control of with Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited software can now order a tablet with a Fire 7 or Fire HD 8. FreeTime Unlimited is a $2.99 per month subscription that let the parents monitor and restrict access to contents that are deemed unsuitable for the kids.
Amazon launched their new model, Fire 7 along with a minor refresh to the older Fire HD 8. The Fire 7 is a 7-inch tablet is priced at $50 with lock-screen ads, and $64.99 without. The Fire HD 8 starts at $79.99 with lock-screen ads, and $94.99 without. While there’s no software or hardware difference in the Fire HD 8, just the colors are different. Both tablets are available in Black, Canary Yellow, Marine Blue, and Punch Red.
- 2017 Fire HD 8: 214mm x 128mm x 9.7mm (8.4″ x 5″ x 0.4″) and 369 grams (13 ounces)
- 2016 Fire HD 8: 214mm x 128mm x 9.2mm (8.4″ x 5″ x 0.4″ and 341 grams (12 ounces)
The kids Edition of Fire 7 is $99.99 and Fire HD 8 will be available for $129.99 (Rs. 8335.39) with 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited subscription, kid-proof case and 2 years replacement guarantee, that means, Amazon will replace the device with no questions asked.
The Amazon Fire 7 sports a 7″ display with 1024×600 Resolution. It comes with dual-band Wi-Fi for the first time, so you can connect to 5Ghz networks. It powers a Quad-core 1.3GHz with 1GB RAM. About the camera department, it packs a VGA front-facing camera, 2MP back camera, that can do 720p HD video recording. It gets an 8GB of Internal storage for the normal variant & 16GB of storage for the kids variant. It also has a microSD card slot for those extra games & files.
The Amazon Fire HD 8 sports a 8″ IPS display with 1280×800 Resolution. It also comes with dual-band Wi-Fi. It powers a Quad-core 1.3GHz with 1.5GB RAM. About the camera department, it packs a VGA front-facing camera, 2MP back camera, that can do 720p HD video recording. Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet will come with 32GB of memory & 16GB storage for the normal variant, which is enough for most people to suffice their needs but in case it’s not enough, you can also install a microSD card too.
The product page or the press release doesn’t reveal which version of Fire OS he tablets are running. For Fire tablet owners in UK, Amazon announced that a software update that will add voice-assistant Alexa is coming soon. As we all remember, owners of Fire tablets in US got the Alexa update on October last year. The update is available for 2016 Fire HD 8, as well as Fire HD 10 and 8.