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Amazon refreshes lineup of low-cost tablets, new kids model

Wed., May 17, 2017, 7:58 a.m.

This photo provided by Amazon shows the company's kid's version of the Fire 7 tablet. Amazon has found a niche in the tablet market with lower-cost models, while Apple, Samsung and Microsoft chase professionals with higher-end devices. (Amazon / Associated Press)
This photo provided by Amazon shows the company's kid's version of the Fire 7 tablet. Amazon has found a niche in the tablet market with lower-cost models, while Apple, Samsung and Microsoft chase professionals with higher-end devices. (Amazon / Associated Press)

NEW YORK – Amazon is offering a thinner and lighter version of its cheapest, 7-inch tablet, while shaving $10 off the price of an 8-inch model.

Amazon’s bare-bones Fire tablet is now called the Fire 7. It also promises about an extra hour of battery, or eight hours total, and a display with higher contrast and sharper text. The price remains at $50.

The Fire HD 8 model is now $80, rather than $90. Its features are largely the same as before.

Amazon has found a niche in the tablet market with lower-cost models, while Apple, Samsung and Microsoft chase professionals with higher-end devices.

The new tablets ship on June 7.



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