On May 17, 2017, Amazon released their seventh generation of Kindle Fire tablets!
That means this is the 7th year that Amazon has sold new versions of their Kindle Fires.
This year, there are two new tablets and both models are available in the kids editions, but more about all of these details are below.
Before I tell you all about the latest tablets, be sure to see my main Kindle Fire page to learn about all these tablets, find resources, and other helps.
Okay, now on to the good stuff!
The 2017 release of Amazon tablets are as follows:
As far as I can tell, these two tablets are almost the same as previous models except for the new color options (more on that below).
The HD 8" is almost exactly the same as last year's 2016 Kindle Fire except it's 1 oz heaver and $10.00 cheaper. (You've gotta love a drop in price point. Don't things usually go UP in price? Amazon's price history for their Kindle Fires has truly been amazing!)
The 7" is almost the same as the 2015 Kindle Fire except it is .1" longer (that's point
one inch) but other than that it appears to be exactly the same. Of
course, this new 7" does have Alexa installed, and the latest Fire OS (operating system/software), but the actual hardware, according to the stats I
could find, appears the same. Which isn't a bad thing, as the Kindle
Fire is a fabulous tablet, it's just something to be aware of if that's
important to you.
2017 Kindle Fire Technical Specs
For storage options, the All-New Fire 7" comes in the usual choices of 8 or 16 GB while the HD 8" has a 16 or 32 GB selection. Both tablets do come with a microSD card slot so you can buy additional external storage, up to 256GB worth.
For more details on the technical specifications of each tablet, please see these next two pages where you can learn more about the size, weight, resolution, cameras, etc.
I've updated my Kindle Fire Comparison Chart to add these new tablets, so check that out to see which features are the same or different vs previous models.
I've also added these newest tablets to my technical stats page to help you know which Kindle Fire you have.
At time of release, the prices for each tablet, with minimum storage and Special Offers installed, are:
These prices really are outstanding! If you're looking for a great tablet at a great price, this is it.
This year's Kindle Fires come in an all-new spectrum of colors which Amazon has named:
The Kids Edition comes with the following three color options for the "Kid-Proof Case":
This generation of Kindle Fire comes with Amazon's Alexa feature pre-installed. Alexa is a voice-activated service where you give Alexa commands or ask questions and the program responds.
To use Alexa on your Kindle Fire, just tap and hold the home button at the bottom center of your tablet.
The home button is the circle:
After tapping and holding the home button, your Kindle Fire screen will darken and a thin blue bar will appear at the bottom, which will briefly react when you speak to Alexa. To test it out, say, "What's the weather?"
Not only will Alexa verbally respond, but a visual display is given on your Kindle Fire as well.
Alexa's Listening Blue Bar:
Alexa's visual display to weather questions:
You can also find new "Things to Try" in the Alexa App. To get there, do the following:
Open the Alexa App, swipe from left to right to open the side bar menu (or tap three horizontal lines at top left), tap "Help & Feedback", tap "Alexa" under "User Guide", swipe up, tap "Things to Try".
Just as all their predecessors, these Fire tablets have been designed for your entertainment!
And there you have it, the 7th generation of Kindle Fire tablets!
I ♥ My Fire!
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