Amazon Has New Kindle Fire Tablets, And They Start At A Dirt-Cheap $99 (AMZN)

Amazon announced two new Kindle Fire HD tablets — a 7-inch model for $139 and a 6-inch model for only $99. Both options come in a fun variety of colors (blue, bright green, magenta, black, and white) and are a significant upgrade from last year’s $139, 7-inch device.

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Besides the fun colors, the new tablets also have a better display than their predecessor. Both screens look brighter with more vivid colors, and the smaller version has a crisper resolution than last year’s device (252 pixels per inch versus 216 pixels per inch).

The screens are Gorilla glass, which means they’re resistant to scratches or cracks, and you can drop the tablets from up to a meter without worrying about them shattering.

Because Amazon knows that lots of people use its devices when they’re at the beach or the pool, the company made sure the tablets could withstand sunscreen, and salt water or fresh water spray. But no, they’re not actually waterproof. Amazon even demoed the tumbler that it uses to test how the tablet would fare if it spent a year rolling around in someone’s cluttered purse:

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The 6-inch model only slightly bigger than some of the “phablet” phones on the market, like Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus or Samsung’s 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4. It still fits comfortably in most pockets though, as with a phablet, it sticks out the top.

Amazon wasn’t shy about comparing these new models to its competitors: The new Fire HDs are apparently two times more “reliable” (read: break-proof) than the iPad Mini and 20 times more reliable than other similarly-priced tablets from other makers. However, it’s not really clear how Amazon is measuring that reliability. In the end, just know the new Kindle Fire tablets are very durable.

The speakers on the new Fire’s sound great too. They’re much louder and clearer than the ones on the Samsung device that Amazon compared it to in a demo. Amazon uses Dolby Digital Plus audio technology.

What’s On The Inside

Both new tablets have a quad-core processor and a battery that will last up to 8 hours, even when you’re reading, watching videos, and listening to music. The processor is great for playing games, and supports 3 times the graphics performance of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4 — For more information read the original article here.    

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