Amazon is introducing four new Fire tablet models, including one that is being sold starting for a mere $49.99. That tablet, called simply Fire, is being joined by the Fire HD 8 tablet for $149.99 and the Fire HD 10 for $229.99, along with the Fire Kids Edition tablet for $99.99.
As you might expect from the price, the resolution of the Fire tablet is pretty low at 1024x600. Inside there is an unnamed 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and 8GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card that allows for up to 128GB of additional storage. It also comes with a 2MP rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera. Amazon does not mention how much RAM the Fire tablet has. It uses the Android-based Fire OS 5 operating system. The battery life for the tablet is up to 7 hours. Amazon is also selling six Fire tablets for the price of five if users enter the code word "FIRE6PACK" at check out.
The Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets both have resolutions of 1280x800 with an unnamed quad-core 1.5 GHz processor. The Fire HD 8 tablet has 8GB and 16GB internal storage options while the Fire HD 10 can be bought with either 16GB or 32GB amounts of storage. Both have 5MP rear cameras and 720p front-facing cameras, and both have battery lives of up to 8 hours. The Fire HD 8 tablet comes in black, magenta, blue, and tangerine colors while the Fire HD 10 comes just in black or white.
Finally, the Fire Kids Edition has the same hardware specs as the cheap Fire tablet, but comes with a Kid-Proof Case to help protect it from the abuse children can offer it. All of the new tablets are available for pre-order now and all are scheduled to start shipping on September 30.