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Amazon's $50 tablet gets a boost -- and new colorsAmazon continues its quest to get its devices in homes with a refresh to the low-cost Fire tablets. It also dropped the price of the Fire HD 8.
Just in time for summer vacation traveling, Amazon gave its $50 Fire Tablet a slight boost. The new model has a slimmer design and bright new colors. It used to be called the Amazon Fire, but the revamp goes by the name Fire 7 Tablet. named 7 for its seven-inch screen and it just so happens to ship June 7th. The battery will last you about eight hours, which is one hour longer than before. The colorful display has added contrast, so it will look a little sharper. The 8 GB model is $50, but $70 gets you one will double the storage. And there's also a kids edition for $100, and that comes with a cute rubber protective case And a two year no questions asked replacement guarantee should your little tyke destroy the tablet. All models have a memory card slot so you could expand your storage, and it will support 256 gig cards. Amazon's next best tablet, the Fire HD8, it got a $10 price cut so it now starts at $80. and for those of you in the UK, Amazon is finally adding Alexa support to its tablets on the other side of the pond. You see, folks in the U.S. could talk to Alexa in tablets since October of last year. The prices are pretty low, but to encourage you to get one for every member of the family Amazon has a deal. Buy any 3 and get 20% off. I'm Bridget Carey. You can find more in-depth reviews of Amazon tablet lineup at Cnet.com.