It’s been just over a week now since Amazon introduced the latest member of the Kindle family, launching the very thin (if somewhat oddly shaped) Kindle Oasis e-reader. For users who love the look of e-ink screens when settling in for a little light reading, the new model certainly delivered, but what about a more full-featured tablet – say, a new Fire model? Last week we also heard a rumor about a possible Fire HD 8 refresh, but the Kindle Oasis ended up launching alone, no new Fire model at its side. Well, it’s not quote what we were expecting, and it’s taken a little longer to get here than we would have thought, but today Amazon does indeed come through with news of new Fire tablet options.
Instead of an updated Fire HD 8, we’re looking at new configuration options for the affordable seven-inch Fire – Amazon’s famous $50 model.
The big hardware change is the availability of an increased storage option: instead of the $50 8GB Fire, shoppers now also have the choice of going with a $70 16GB option. Both models continue to support microSD expansion for pushing those limits even higher.
Today’s other new development is Amazon bringing a trio of new color options to the Fire tablet, allowing customers to pick the model up in magenta, blue, or tangerine, in addition to the existing black.
It’s not like these small changes are going to have us looking at the Fire tablet in a whole new light, but they’re nice to see all the same – we just can’t help but wish these options were all available from launch day, and not some seven-month-later afterthought.
The new color and storage options are all available for purchase beginning today. Amazon’s also bringing that 16GB upgrade to the Fire Kids Edition, where it will bring the tablet’s price up to $120.