Amazon’s New Fire 7 Tablet Finally Has a USB-C Port

Amazon is updating its small and inexpensive Fire 7 tablet for the first time in three years, and it brings some crowd-pleasing features: The updated tablet will offer USB-C charging, better battery life, and faster performance. However, Amazon raises the starting price tag a bit – from $49.99 to $59.99.

Amazon says the tablet’s quad-core processor is “30 percent faster” and it will have 2GB of RAM instead of 1GB. In theory, the extra memory should allow you to load more web pages at once, and not have to wait so often for apps to restart when you switch between them. The company also says the tablet lasts about 40 percent longer between charges, and estimates you can browse or watch videos for about 10 hours.

Of course, the headliner feature is how you charge that battery. The previous Fire 7 had a micro USB charging port, but the refresh replaces it with a more modern connection. Amazon also says the tablet is “available with” a 5W power adapter in the box.

Amazon has not replied The edge‘s question whether that meant every tablet would ship with the charging brick or whether it would be an add-on option in time for the press. The company also didn’t immediately clarify whether the $59.99 price tag was for a version of the tablet with ads on the lock screen, which is the cheapest model of the current Fire 7.

One thing is missing compared to the previous version. The new Fire 7 only comes in three colors – black, denim and rose – instead of the four the previous model was available in. (Sorry, fans of the color green.)

Amazon’s new range of Fire 7 colors.
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This is more or less the same type of spec bump upgrade that the Fire HD 8 got in 2020, and it’s nice to see Amazon’s cheaper tablet getting the upgrades too.

As with the previous generation, the tablet will also be available in a “Kids” edition, which will come with a rugged cover that comes in either blue, red or purple. As with the previous version, the up-to-the-minute tablet comes with a year of Amazon’s “Kids Plus” service that provides access to educational shows and exclusive games. It has also gotten a price hike. It starts at $109.99 instead of $99.99, but you can now upgrade to 32GB of storage if your kid wants to store a lot of content for long car rides or flights.

The Kids edition is the upgraded tablet, but with armor.
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Both versions of the Fire 7 are available for pre-order today and will ship on June 29. While you’ll probably want to look elsewhere if you’re looking for a real powerhouse tablet (the entry-level iPad is probably a good place to start), the Fire 7 should be fine if you’re just looking for something to play videos, read books, or act as a way to interact with Alexa.

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