Amazon unveils bargain-bin $50 Fire tablet

Thomas Wellburn
September 17, 2015

Amazon has just unveiled what could be the biggest impulse buy of the year, a $49.99 version of its popular Fire tablet range.

The new Fire tablet comes equipped with a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 IPS display, which equates to roughly 169 pixels-per-inch. It’s a pretty modest screen by today’s standards but at least you can rest assured that the picture will be reasonable thanks to the IPS panel. Inside, it’s powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM, which is a little more promising. Only 8GB storage is included as standard, though a microSD slot means you’ll have plenty of room for expansion.

In terms of software, it runs on Amazon’s obligatory forked Android, which means that the full Google Play suite will be unavailable. You do still get access to Amazon’s own services which include the Amazon App Store and variants of Google Chrome, Gmail and so forth.

The company are obviously confident about the tablet’s success, as they plan to sell them in lots of six. Yes, you did hear that. You can buy a six-pack of Amazon Fire tablets for $250…

The tablet will be available to pre-order in the USA starting September 30th, though there’s currently no word on a UK release.

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Via Phone Arena

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