The Fire 7.
We always thought Amazon’s entry-level tablet, the Fire 7 ($50, £50), was a good value, particularly when it was discounted by $10 or even $15 during flash sales. Now Amazon is updating it with a faster processor and bumping the base storage from 8GB to 16GB. The “all-new” Fire 7 is available for preorder now and will ship June 7.The other addition Amazon is highlighting is support for hands-free Alexa. That means that instead hitting a virtual button on the screen to activate Alexa, you simply say “Alexa” like you would with an Echo device — so long as you’re on Wi-Fi. The feature can be toggled off in the settings menu. It was already added to the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10.Like other Amazon tablets, the Fire 7 gives you access to the company’s exclusive features, which include Alexa, ASAP, X-Ray, Second Screen, Amazon FreeTime, Family Library, Blue Shade, On Deck and Prime Video downloads. Prime members also have access to millions of movies, TV shows, songs, books, magazines, apps and games with free, unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content.The tablet will be available in 16GB ($50, £50) or 32GB ($70, £60) configurations.Amazon has also announced a new Fire 7 Kids Edition ($100, £100) that comes with 16GB of storage, one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a “kid-proof” case with a new adjustable stand and a two-year free replacement policy. Like the previous model, the new Fire 7 features a 1.3 GHz processor — but presumably it’s a new processor that indeed is faster. As soon as I get a review sample, I’ll let you know how much of a difference the new processor makes. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Key Features1,024×600-pixel display10.4 oz (295 grams)7.6×4.5×0.4 inches (192x115x9.6 mm)Quad-core 1.3GHz processorFront- and rear-facing camerasFree, unlimited cloud storage for all photos taken on Fire devicesUp to 512GB of expandable storage via microSD card (up from 256GB on previous model)Dual-band Wi-Fi supportBattery life: Up to 7 hours of reading, listening to music, streaming video and web browsingScreen sharing: Let an Amazon expert guide you remotely through any feature on your screen for freeAccess to exclusive Amazon features, services and media librariesNew color options: Black, Sage, Plum, and Twilight Blue
The Fire 7.