Amazon have consistently launched their new tablets at about the same time every year, which was the case in 2016 too. What was new to 2016 however was that there was only one new Amazon tablet this year, with the new 2nd generation Amazon Fire HD 8. So people keep asking, is that the only new Fire tablet from Amazon for the 2016 to 2017 model year?
And to my knowledge it is, since there have been no leaks or rumors indicating otherwise. The new Fire HD 8 leaked on three separate occasions prior to the launch, which Tabletmonkeys reported in the time before its official unveiling. What Amazon is focusing on now, are more services and features for the already existing devices and customers, like for instance the upgrade and rollout of Alexa on the Fire tablets soon.
But even if there’s only one new Amazon tablet for the 2016-2017 model year, Amazon’s actual portfolio of current Fire tablets actually consists of as much as 7 different tablets, but they are not all equally visible on Amazon’s tablet pages.
So these are all of Amazon’s own tablets that are available new today (sorted by price).
The 7-inch tablet that famously costs $49. It’s even offered in a six-pack because it’s so cheap.
It has a 1024 x 600 resolution display, a quad-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage with 200GB microSD card support, a 7 hour battery life, a 0.3MP front camera, and a 2MP rear camera, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, a micro-USB port, and comes in the colors black, blue, pink, or orange.
Fire HD 6
The 6-inch tablet introduced in 2014, now very cheap at just $69. It has a 1280 x 800 resolution display, runs a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, has 1GB of RAM, and options of 8GB or 16GB of storage.
The battery life is 8 hours long, while it has a 0.3MP front camera, and a 2MP rear camera, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and is offered in black, white, pink, blue, and yellow.
Fire HD 8
This is the newest Amazon tablet, at 8 inches, with a 1280 x 800 resolution display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB or 32GB of storage with microSD card support all the way up to 200GB. Has a 0.3MP front camera, a 2MP rear camera, Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a 12 hour long battery life. Released for $89 on September 21, 2016.
The previous version of the Fire HD 8 will be available for a transition period, towards the end of 2016.
Fire Kids Edition
The Fire Kids Edition is the same tablet as the 7-inch $49 Fire, but with kids features, a very child friendly bumper case, and free replacements should it ever break. It now comes in green, blue, or pink.
Fire HD Kids Edition
And this is the 6-inch version of the Fire HD 6, with kids features, bumper case in either green and blue, and free replacements should it get broken.
Fire HD 10
The largest Amazon tablet at 10.1 inches. First launched in options of either black or white, but later as a aluminum covered tablet too.
It has a 1280 x 800 resolution display, a quad-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB to 32GB to 64GB of storage with 200GB microSD card support, an 8 hour battery life, a 0.9MP front camera, and a 5MP rear camera, Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and a micro-USB port.
Fire HDX 8.9
The 8.9-inch tablet is still available with its impressive 2560 x 1600 resolution display, 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB to 32GB to 64GB storage. Has anything from a 12 hour battery life, to 1.3MP front camera and a 8MP rear camera with LED flash, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, dual-band and dual-antenna 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi cover, and even optional 4G LTE. It’s 7.8 mm thick, and weighs just 375 grams.
– Jim Miller