Amazon refreshes Fire lineup with Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, and Fire Kids Edition

Tomorrow marks one year since Amazon’s last launch of new Fire tablets, so it’s only fitting that today we’re seeing the retailer follow those up with a fresh crop of new models. We just checked in with the imminently affordable $50 seven-inch Fire tablet, but that’s far from the only new addition to the Fire series of devices. In addition to that model, Amazon’s introducing the new Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, and Fire Kids Edition.

As the benchmarks we looked at suggested, none of these new models are particular spec monsters, but instead Amazon’s conservative hardware choices allow it to keep prices on the lower end.

Both the new Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 offer 1280 x 800 displays, run quad-core MediaTek 1.5GHz SoCs, have 5MP/720p camera pairs, stereo speakers, measure just 7.7mm thick, and boast eight-hour battery lives. The Fire HD 8 is available in either 8GB or 16GB storage capacities, while the Fire HD 10 comes in 16GB and 32GB – and all those variants support microSD expansion.

The Fire Kids Edition, on the other hand, has much more in common with the $50 Fire tablet: we’re looking at a seven-inch 1024 x 600 display, 1.3GHz quad-core SoC, 8GB storage, and a 2MP/VGA camera setup. The included “Kid-Proof Case” attempts to keep the tablet save from even rough handling, and there’s even a two-year “worry-free guarantee” to cover accidental damage.

As some of Amazon’s latest tablets, the new models run Fire OS 5 “Bellini,” based on Android Lollipop. Pre-orders for all three models are open now, with shipments starting on September 30. The Fire HD 8 will sell for $150 for 8GB storage, or $170 for 16GB, while the Fire HD 10 is priced at $230 and $250 for 16GB and 32GB storage, respectively – and in a world where an extra 16GB storage can add $100 to the cost of some devices, that’s an extremely sensibly priced upgrade. The Fire Kids Edition will sell for just about $100.

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