Amazon just announced a new $60 tablet

Amazon Fire 7 tablet

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Amazon announced the latest version of its Fire 7 tablet on Wednesday. At $59.99, the tablet is slightly more expensive than its predecessor, but the company promises longer battery life.

Amazon’s Fire tablets have served as a cheaper alternative to Apple’s iPad, but it’s not a huge business segment for Amazon like hardware is for Apple. Instead, Amazon’s hardware products serve as a gateway to Amazon’s ecosystem of services, such as voice assistant Alexa and music, books and apps.

The latest version of the Fire 7 didn’t have great battery life, and the screen and camera weren’t very sharp. Amazon said the new model had 40% longer battery life, up to 10 hours of browsing, but made no changes to the display or camera.

The updated Fire 7 also has a 30% faster processor which should help the tablet feel more responsive, Amazon said. It will also continue to have 16GB of storage on the base version, which is probably fine for most people who just need a budget tablet to browse and download some movies, although you can expand the storage by adding your own memory card. It also replaces a dated charging port with a newer and more common USB-C port.

The new Fire 7 is available for pre-order starting Wednesday and will ship on June 29. It’s available in black, denim, and pink, with coordinating covers that cost $28.99 each.

Amazon also introduced a new version of Fire 7 Kids, which comes with a “kidproof” case (in red, blue or purple) that comes with one year of Amazon Kids+. The device has a starting price of $109.99 and is also available from June 29.

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