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Amazon’s new Fire 7 tablet debuted as a low-cost rival to the iPad mini

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A new Amazon Fire 7 Kids is also available.

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For the first time in three years, Amazon has refreshed its Fire 7 tablet by announcing a new model. The latest tablet, dubbed the ‘all-new Fire 7 tablet,’ costs $59.99 / £59.99 (about AU$105).

That makes it one of the most economical tablets available, and far less expensive than the comparably compact iPad mini (2021). However, it is a $10 / £10 price increase over the previous model, which isn’t too awful considering the three-year gap between them.

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For your money, you get a tablet with 2GB of RAM, which is twice as much as the Amazon Fire 7 (2019), as well as a 40 percent longer battery life of up to 10 hours. Its 2GHz quad-core processor is also said to be 30% quicker, so performance should be much improved.

The new Amazon Fire 7 likewise features a 7-inch screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution, and it has proven twice as robust in tumble tests as the iPad mini (2021). There’s also 16GB or 32GB of storage, as well as a USB-C port (in place of micro USB on the previous model).

The cameras aren’t great, with only 2MP on both the front and back, but that’s to be expected for the price, and the slate comes in black, denim, and rose colours.

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Amazon also announced a new Amazon Fire 7 Kids, which starts at $109.99 / £109.99 (approximately AU$195). The specs are nearly identical to the original Amazon Fire 7, but it comes with a kid-proof shell in blue, red, or purple, as well as an adjustable kickstand that can also be used as a grip.

It also comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids Plus, which gives you access to kid-friendly material.

Both tablets are available for pre-order today in the United States and the United Kingdom, and will begin shipping on June 29, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

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Two competitors for the title of “best affordable tablet”

The Amazon Fire 7 (2019) is clinging to a slot in our top inexpensive tablets list at the time of writing, so if the new Amazon Fire 7 (2022) is as much of an advance as it seems, it’ll likely take its place – and possibly even rank higher. Though we won’t know for sure until we’ve given it a thorough examination, and the price increase is a factor.

The Amazon Fire 7 Kids (2022) is a more niche – and probably more expensive – offering, making it a less probable candidate for the list, but it still has a shot, thanks to its kid-friendly design and features at a still-low price.

Neither slate is likely to challenge the iPad 10.2 at the top of our ranking of the best affordable tablets (2021). That’s a substantially higher-spec slate, but it’s also significantly more expensive, despite being still affordable.

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Read our Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (2021) review in its entirety.

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