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

Amazon has finally updated its Fire 7 tablet, after announcing a new model for the first time in three years. The new slate – simply called the “all-new Fire 7 tablet” – starts at just $59.99 / £59.99 (around AU$105).

That makes it one of the cheapest tablets you can buy, and far more affordable than the equally small iPad mini (2021). That said, it’s actually a $10/£10 price hike over the previous model, but it’s not too bad considering the three-year gap between them.

For your money, you get a tablet with twice the RAM of the Amazon Fire 7 (2019), at 2GB, plus the promise of 40% longer battery life, up to 10 hours. Its 2GHz quad-core chipset is also claimed to be 30% faster, so performance should be a serious boost.

The new Amazon Fire 7 also has a 7-inch display, as the name suggests, with a 1024 x 600 resolution, and it was found to be twice as durable as the iPad mini (2021) when tested. tumbling tests. Plus, there’s 16GB or 32GB of storage and a USB-C port (instead of micro USB on the previous model).

The cameras might not be up to snuff, with only 2MP front and rear, but that’s understandable for the price, and the slate comes in black, denim and pink.

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A 2022 Amazon Fire 7 in a range of colors

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An Amazon Fire 7 Kids 2022 from the front, in blue

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Amazon has also unveiled a new Amazon Fire 7 Kids, which starts at $109.99 / £109.99 (around AU$195), so it’s a bit more expensive. This has much the same specs as the standard Amazon Fire 7, but includes a childproof case in shades of blue, red, or purple, with an adjustable kickstand that can also be used as a grip.

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

Both tablets can be pre-ordered now in the US and UK and start shipping June 29. So you still have a little time to wait before you can have one in your hands – or those of your child.

Analysis: two contenders for the crown of “best cheap tablet”

As of this writing, the Amazon Fire 7 (2019) is only clinging to a spot in our list of the best cheap tablets, so if the new Amazon Fire 7 (2022) is as much of an upgrade as it is it looks like he’s likely to take that slate’s spot – and maybe even a higher rank. Although we won’t know for sure until we put it through a full review, and the price hike is a consideration.

The Amazon Fire 7 Kids (2022) is arguably a more niche proposition – and certainly more expensive – making it a less likely fit for the list, but it still has a chance, with a design and features tailored to kids. children at what is still a very low price.

Neither list is likely to trouble the top of our list of best cheap tablets, which currently houses the iPad 10.2 (2021). It’s a significantly higher spec list, but – while still cheap – it’s also significantly more expensive.

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