Amazon’s new Fire 7 launched as a super-cheap alternative to an iPad mini

Amazon’s new Burn vii launched as a super-cheap culling to an iPad mini

An Amazon Burn 7 2022

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Amazon has finally upgraded its Burn down 7 tablet, having just announced a new model for the showtime fourth dimension in three years. The new slate – only called the ‘all-new Fire vii tablet’ – starts at simply $59.99 / £59.99 (around AU$105).

That makes it i of the very cheapest tablets you can buy, and vastly more than affordable than the similarly pocket-sized iPad mini (2021). That said, information technology’southward actually a $x / £ten toll ascent on the previous model, but that’s not so bad given the three-year gap betwixt them.

For your money you go a tablet with twice as much RAM as the Amazon Fire vii (2022), at 2GB, plus the hope of xl% longer bombardment life, at upwardly to 10 hours. Its 2GHz quad-core chipset is too supposedly 30% faster, and then performance should be getting a serious upgrade.

The new Amazon Burn 7 also has a 7-inch screen, as the name suggests, with a 1024 x 600 resolution, and it has proven twice equally durable as the iPad mini (2021) in tumble tests. Plus at that place’s 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a USB-C port (in place of micro USB on the previous model).

The cameras might not be up to much, clocking in at just 2MP on both the front and rear, but that’due south understandable for the cost, and the slate is available in blackness, denim, and rose colors.

Amazon has also unveiled a new Amazon Fire 7 Kids, which starts at $109.99 / £109.99 (roughly AU$195), so it’s rather more expensive. This has much the same specs as the standard Amazon Fire vii, but includes a kid-proof case in blueish, red or purple shades, with an adjustable kickstand that can also be used every bit a handle.

It also includes a one-yr Amazon Kids Plus subscription, providing access to child-friendly content.

Both tablets can be pre-ordered at present in the The states and the UK, and brainstorm aircraft on June 29, so there’s notwithstanding a little while to wait before you can have one in your easily – or those of your child.

Analysis: two contenders for the ‘best cheap tablet’ crown

At the time of writing the Amazon Burn 7 (2022) is but clinging on to a spot in our all-time cheap tablets list, so if the new Amazon Burn 7 (2022) is as much of an upgrade equally it sounds then it’southward likely to take that slate’due south place – and maybe even rank higher. Though nosotros won’t know for sure until nosotros’ve put it through a total review, and the toll ascension is a consideration.

The Amazon Fire vii Kids (2022) is arguably a more niche suggestion – and certainly a pricier one – making it a less likely fit for the listing, but it’s nonetheless got a take chances, packing a child-friendly design and features at what’s still a very depression price.

Neither slate is probable to problem the top of our all-time inexpensive tablets list, which currently houses the iPad 10.2 (2021). That’s a significantly higher spec slate, but – while nevertheless cheap – it’s too significantly more than expensive.

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James Rogerson

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