The new Amazon tablet that we leaked last week was announced today as the new Amazon Fire 7 (2019). It has started taking pre-orders today too, with a June 6 release date: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FKR6KXF/
And while this is a new Amazon Fire 7 tablet, it follows the basic recipe of providing a 7-inch tablet for just $49. The predecessor Amazon Fire 7 (2017) was announced by Amazon on May 17 two years ago, so let’s see what’s new here.
For starters, the processor has been upgraded from the MediaTek MT8127 processor to a faster and more powerful 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT8163V processor, with similar changes to the graphics processor, from a Mali-450 GPU to a Mali-T720 GPU, though it maintains the 1GB of RAM like before.
Storage options have gone up from 8GB and 16GB, to 16GB and 32GB of built-in storage, and the microSD card support has doubled as well, as the new Fire 7 (2019) supports microSD cards up to 512GB in size. But there’s free cloud storage for all the Amazon content.
And while the rear tablet camera remains a 2MP camera, the resolution of the front camera used in Skype or other video chats, or for some quick selfies, have gone up from a 0.3MP camera to a 2MP camera as well.
A light sensor have also been added to the new Fire 7, as it did not have one before, though it had an accelerometer. The tablet is still 9.6mm thick, but the weight has actually gone down from 295 grams to 286 grams despite the improved specs.
The black, red, blue, and yellow color options have been replaced by the novel looking tablet colors of twilight blue, sage, plum, as well as black too naturally.
So these are the things that are new. As for other specs, the Fire 7 tablet maintains a 7-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution display, it has a mono speaker and mic, a 7 hour battery life, dual-band 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi cover, and it has both a micro-USB 2.0 port and a 3.5mm audio combo jack.
Of course, a tablet like the new Amazon Fire 7 is both about the very low price as well as the many, many features it provides, where the Android based Fire OS opens up a world or ecosystem of so many features and services it would take too much time to list them all.
Available around launch is a $10 credit in the Amazon Appstore even. Custom Amazon Fire 7 accessories includes the new Fire 7 Tablet Case in either charcoal black, desert orange, plum, sage, and twilight blue, there’s the NuPro Clear Screen Protector, as well as the Made For Amazon microSD cards, which are the same memory cards that Amazon even use during their FCC approval procedure to make sure there is no compatibility issue whatsoever.