Amazon introduced 4 new tablets and two new eReaders in September. Now the first of those devices are shipping to customers.
The new $79 Amazon Kindle eReader with a touchscreen display is shipping and so are the new Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7 tablets with prices starting at just $99.
The latest Kindle eReader is basically what you’d get if you took the 2011 Kindle Touch WiFi, gave it a darker case, and removed text to speech and MP3 playback features.
On the bright side, the new model is a lot cheaper, offers up to 4 weeks of battery life, and has 4GB of storage space for holding thousands of eBooks.
This is also the first entry-level Kindle to feature both a touchscreen and a list price of under $80.
The new reader doesn’t have a front-lit or high-resolution display, but you can opt for a Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Voyage if you need those features.
Those models sell for $119 and $199, respectively.
Amazon’s new entry-level tablets include a 6 inch model that starts at $99 and a 7 inch model that sells for $139 and up.
Both features 1280 x 800 pixel displays, 1.5 GHz quad-core processors, 8GB to 16GB of storage, front and rear cameras, and up to 8 hours of battery life.
The 7 inch model has a bigger screen and features stereo speakers while the 6 inch model has a mono speaker. Otherwise the two devices are pretty much the same.
Like other Amazon tablets, these new devices feature tight integration with Amazon’s app, music, video, and eBook stores and support features such as beaming content from your tablet to an Amazon Fire TV.
If you want a higher-resolution screen, faster support or access to the Mayday one-click, 24/7 voice and video support service you’ll need to pay extra for an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 or Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 tablet. The new entry-level tablets come with email, web, and phone support, but they don’t have a dedicated Mayday button.