Since its release in 2017, the Amazon Fire 7 has been the most popular tablet in the Amazon Fire lineup, outselling the more technically advanced HD 8 and HD 10. The features of the tablet though, left much to be desired, though the inexpensive price tag surely helped matters.
But this is 2019, and Amazon seems determined to give users what they have been asking for all along. With improvements announced in the chief problem areas like memory and camera quality, the new Amazon Fire 7 ticks all the right boxes – at the same low, low price of $50 only.
Read: Our Amazon Fire 7 Review
- 7-inch IPS display
- Cheapest Amazon tablet
- Alexa hands-free built-in
- 1GB RAM & 16GB to 32GB storage
- 1.3GHz Quad Core processor
- 720p front-facing camera
- An inexpensive Kids Edition
- Amazon FreeTime available for… free
Amazon Fire 7 2019: The Basics
In most respects the Amazon Fire 7 remains unchanged from its original, 2017 model. The display, for example, is still 7 inches, with the resolution of 1024 x 600 that is typical for this price range.
Among changes, the most significant is the resolution of its storage woes. Packed with apps from the Amazon ecosystem, the earlier Fire 7 struggled to hold everything in its 8GB of internal memory. Now, the capacity has been doubled to the 16GB and 32GB range, expandable upto 512GB via microSD card.
The camera is another much needed revamp. The old model sported a measly 480p front camera; it has now been upgraded to a 720p HD camera.
Apart from these, there isn’t much different. On paper, both the processor and the battery are also ‘improved’, though the 1.3GHz processor is still just Quad-Core, not Octa-Core, and the battery life is reported to be only up to 7 hours.
As in other Amazon Fire models, there is also a Kids edition available. For an extra expenditure of $50, you get a rugged case that protects it from damage, and a guarantee to replace the device even if broken. Taken together with Amazon’s Freetime service that lets you set extensive parental control, the Amazon Fire 7 is a good gift for your young ones.
|Tablet||Amazon Fire 7 2019|
|Operating system||Amazon’s Android Fire OS|
|Display||7-inch with 1024 x 600|
|Expandable||microSD card slot up to 512B|
|Main camera||2 megapixel|
|Front camera||2 megapixel|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth|
|Battery||Up to 7 hours|
|Security||No fingerprint scanner|
|Dimensions||192 x 115 x 9.6 mm|
Pricing & Availability
The Amazon Fire 7 is set to debut on June 6, priced at 49.99 USD in US and 54.99 Euro in Europe. The Kids Edition comes at twice of this price, at 99.99 USD and 119.99 Euro respectively. There is no word yet of the release window in other regions, though being one of the flagship products of the Amazon Fire lineup, it is likely to be launched globally sooner or later.
Amazon Fire 7 Alternatives
If you are not too keen on the services offered by Amazon (like Prime) and only want a budget tablet, the Lenovo Tab E7 may be a good option. It has the same specs, and the same price, minus the bloatware that Fire 7 comes with.
For Amazon lovers though, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is a more solid alternative, as it gives you a larger, better display, along with improved hardware throughout for a slightly higher cost.
- 7-inch IPS screen
- Robust plastic body
- Software good for Prime members
- Alexa hands-free
- Very cheap
- Low display resolution
- Performance okay for simple tasks only
- No Google Play Store
- Bad cameras
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