The new Amazon Fire tablet will cost just $49.99 (9,950 Naira). You are probably looking for a device made by an obscure manufacturer in China when you want to pay no more than $50, or its local equivalent, for a tablet. But Amazon is willing to sell a Fire tablet to you at that price if you are willing to make some concessions.
Where to Buy Fire Tablet
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Here is an overview of the new budget device.
Display and Camera
This dirt-cheap slate sports a 7-inch diagonal display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. That screen resolution is on the low side, but is within the range of tablets of similar price range. However, the Amazon Fire tablet offers an IPS display so at least you get a decent viewing experience.
On the camera front, the tablet offers very basic configuration. Amazon Fire comes with a measly 2-megapixel rear camera and a lowly VGA front-facing snapper for selfies.
Enjoy Movies and Music
Amazon Fire tablet has content consumption front and centre. Watch movies and TV shows with Amazon Videos, Netflix, HBO Now and other streaming services. You get access to millions and songs to listen to and books to read.
Amazon also boasts of over 300,000 apps and games available for the Fire tablet.
The new Amazon Fire tablet is also optimised for kids. The tablet can switch to background colours and fonts that will appeal to kids.
Performance and OS
Users appear to be in for decent performance when you consider that this Fire tablet is powered by a quad-core processor. The chipset is paired with 1 GB of RAM and deliver speeds of up to 1.3 GHz per core.
The new tablet runs on the latest Fire OS 5 ‘Bellini,’ Amazon’s own custom version of Android. What this choice of OS means is that you will not be able to use apps available in Google Play store; you will have to get your apps from Amazon.
The $50 Amazon Fire tablet comes with on-board storage of 8 GB, with about 5 GB expected to be available to users. In addition, there is a microSD card slot to allow you add up to 128GB extra storage.
Amazon Fire is equipped with a battery that is rated to deliver as long as seven hours of use. The slate will be available in Wi-Fi only model. It has a USB 2.0 port for connecting to a laptop or desktop PC.
Pricing & Availability
Amazon Fire tablet is now available for pre-order at the Amazon.com website and will start shipping from September 30, 2015. However, Amazon warns that due to popular demand orders may ship later than that date.
The good news is that it ships to Nigeria and dozens of other countries.
Amazon Fire Specs
Here are a few specs of the Amazon Fire Tablet:
- Platform: Fire OS 5 (based on Android)
- Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core Processor
- GPU: –
- Memory: 1GB RAM
- Colours: Black
- Dimension: 191 x 115 x 10.6 mm
- Weight: 313 g
- SIM Type: N/A
- SIM Count: N/A
- Display: 7.0-inch IPS Touch Display, 600 x 1024 pixels (171ppi)
- Display Protection: –
- Rear Camera: 2 MP Camera, 720p HD Video
- Rear Camera Features:
- Front Camera: VGA Camera
- Built-in Storage: 8GB Storage
- Memory Card Support: Up to 128GB
- Bundled Cloud Storage: Unlimited Cloud Storage for Amazon Content
- 2G GSM: No
- 2G CDMA 1X: No
- 3G WCDMA: No
- 3G CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: No
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: No
- EDGE: No
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: No
- HSPA+: No
- CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: No
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes with A2DP, LE
- NFC: No
- Infrared Blaster: No
- USB Port: Yes, microUSB 2.0
- SMS/MMS: No
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
- Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
- Book & File Support: Yes, Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX
- FM Radio: No
- Loudspeaker: Yes (Mono Speakers)
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes, Stereo jack
- Navigation: Yes, Wi-Fi based
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: No
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: No
- Pedometer: No
- Gyroscope: No
- Fingerprint Scanner: No
- Iris Scanner: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: –
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: –
- Customer Service: On-device Mayday Screen Sharing +email, web, and phone
- Video Streaming: Yes (via Wi-Fi)
- Active Noise Cancellation: No
- Wireless Charging: No
- Water Resistant: No
- Dust Resistant: –
- Image Editor: –
- Video Editor: No (download at store)
- Document Viewer: –
- Document Editor: No (download at store)
- Battery: –
- Use Time: up to 7 hours of mixed use