Amazon Fire 8 tablets.
Amazon has just announced two new models of 8-inch Fire tablets starting at $ 89.99.
The entry-level model, the Fire HD 8, has a faster processor than before and 32 GB of storage. The upgraded model, the Fire HD 8 Plus, can charge wirelessly with the right charger, has more RAM, and comes with a six-month subscription to Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s book rental subscription service, for $ 109.99.
The tablets will start shipping on June 3, Amazon said Wednesday.
The new models are launched because a large part of the world population is subject to a kind of locking to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
With a screen larger than a phone, tablets are generally well positioned for the types of tasks that people do at home, including consuming content. The locks have boosted sales of tablets and other major electronics in the United States. Sales of televisions, tablets and PCs rose 33% year over year in the first week of May, the research firm NPC estimated this week.
Amazon’s strategy is to sell tablets at low prices, and then make money when consumers use them to buy digital content like movies and books on its website. Some Amazon devices are also provided in a free trial period to Amazon content services, which can help increase their number of subscribers. Amazon tablets cost much less than competing Apple iPads, which start at $ 329, but Apple devices generally feel more premium.
The announcement of the new models also suggests that Amazon’s electronic supply chain is operational enough for the launch of new products.
In 2019, Amazon was the # 4 tablet manufacturer in the world by number of tablets shipped, behind Huawei, Samsung and Apple, according to research firm IDC.
The new tablets charge using USB-C, which is the standard charger for most laptops, tablets and Android phones. The devices also have microSD card slots, which can expand the built-in storage. The battery life of both devices has been increased from 10 hours to 12 hours.
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition comes in a durable case.
Amazon is also releasing a children’s version for $ 139.99 that includes a durable, child-friendly case. The Fire HD Kids edition includes a one-year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a subscription service for books, videos, and kid-friendly games.