Amazon cuts Kindle Fire price by £30, new models incoming

Amazon's cheapest tablet is now just £99, which, if you don't need the latest hardware, is an absolute steal.

Amazon has dropped the price of its cheapest tablet by £30. The Kindle Fire will now set you back just £99, the company has said in an email to customers.

You know what this means: there's new models a-coming. We've already seen leaked snaps of the next Kindle Fire HD , so Amazon could well be trying to clear stock ahead of the launch, which is expected before the end of this month.

The next 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD leaked this week, and apparently there's an 8.9-inch version in the pipeline too. The new models will look alike, with a new angular design. The 7-incher should have a resolution of 1,920x1,200 pixels -- that's the same as the new Nexus 7 -- while the 8.9-incher should have 2,560x1,600 pixels.

There are some more specs to go on, too. The 7-incher should pack a 2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, which is a step up from the Nexus 7, as well as 2GB of RAM. It should come in a 64GB version (the current Fire HDs top out at 32GB) and have a front-facing camera. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean should be on board for all your Google Now needs.

Any new Amazon tablets are expected to feature the same skinned version of Android, which locks you into using Amazon's products and services.

The £99 Kindle Fire is a steal, if you're not bothered about having the latest hardware and don't mind just buying from Amazon. Google actually put the price up for its latest Nexus 7, so the Kindle Fire is now £100 cheaper than it. Get 'em while they're hot!

Are you looking forward to new Amazon slates? Or is the Nexus 7 a better bet? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

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    Joe has been writing about consumer tech for nearly seven years now, but his liking for all things shiny goes back to the Gameboy he received aged eight (and that he still plays on at family gatherings, much to the annoyance of his parents). His pride and joy is an Infocus projector, whose 80-inch picture elevates movie nights to a whole new level.


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