Amazon has updated the 7-inch Fire tablet – it’s now the “2022, 12th generation” version. The big news this year is that Amazon is finally moving to USB-C, which is hard to find at this bargain price point. About that price: The Fire 7 costs $74.99 without the lock screen ads or $59.99 if you want to support ads.
For the SoC, we have a MediaTek MT8168V. It is a 12nm chip with four ARM Cortex A53 cores running at 2 GHz and an ARM Mali G52. There’s a 7-inch, 1024×600 LCD screen, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (or $20 more for 32GB), and a 3750mAh battery that Amazon says is good for “10 hours. “. There’s a microSD slot, headphone jack, and support for Wi-Fi 5 (i.e. 802.11ac). There are technically front and rear cameras on the Fire 7, but at 2MP each and “no autofocus” they might not be much use. There’s no GPS or NFC, but the tablet comes with a 5W USB-C charger.
The 2022 Fire 7 also marks the launch of Amazon’s “Fire OS 8”. This is a fork of Android 11 that doesn’t seem to deviate from the normal codebase, but it doesn’t have Google apps or services. Amazon promises four years of security updates even at this ultra-low price.
For $109.99, there’s also a “Kids” version, which takes the same hardware and packs it into a 1.1-inch-thick, brightly colored “Kid-Proof Case” designed for ages 3 to 7. years. It’s a huge price increase over the normal version, but there are no ads and comes with a two-year “worry-free guarantee”. Amazon says, “If it breaks, return it and we’ll replace it for free.” It also comes with a one-year Amazon Kids+ subscription and parental controls.
Both tablets are available for pre-order now and will start shipping on June 29.
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