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Amazon’s entry-level Fire tablet is getting a spec bump for the first time since 2019. The new Amazon Fire 7 (2022) is still a budget tablet with a 7 inch IPS LCD display, but it has twice as much RAM as the previous-gen model, a processor that Amazon says is 30% faster, and up to 40% more battery life.

The Amazon Fire 7 (2022) also has a USB Type-C port, making it the last member of the Amazon Fire lineup to get that feature. But the upgrades come at a slight cost – Amazon has raised the starting price of the Fire 7. It’s up for pre-order now for $60 and up, which is $10 more than the previous-gen model.

Amazon Fire 7 (2022)

The new Fire 7 tablet has a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, 2GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage. This year’s model supports microSD cards up to 1TB for additional storage, which is twice as much removable storage as the previous-gen model supported. The new tablet should also provide up to 10 hours of battery life.

But this is still very much a budget tablet. The display resolution is still just 1024 x 600 pixels. It takes 4 hours to charge the tablet using a 5W USB-C charger, and the tablet has just a single mono speaker.

Here’s how the 2022 model stacks up against the 2019 version:

Fire Tablet 7 (2022)Fire Tablet 7 (2019)
Display7 inch, 1024 x 6007 inch, 1024 x 600
Storage16GB or 32GB + microSD (up to 1TB)16GB or 32GB + microSD (up to 512GB)
RAM2GB1GB
CPUMediaTek MT8168V
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 2 GHz
MediaTek MT8163V/B
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.3 GHz
GPUMali-G52 3EE MC1Mali-T720 MP2
BatteryUp to 10 hoursUp to 7 hours
PortsUSB 2.0 Type-C
3.5mm audio
micro USB 2.0
3.5mm audio
Charging time4 hours4 hours
Speakersmonomono
WiFiWiFi 5WiFi 4
Bluetooth5.04.1
Cameras2MP front & rear2MP front & rear
Latest OS versionFire OS 8Fire OS 7
Dimensions180.7 x 117.6 x 9.7mm192 115 x 9.6mm
Weight282 grams286 grams
Starting price (MSRP)$60$50

Like all Amazon tablets, the Fire 7 ships with Fire OS, which is a fork of Google’s Android operating system that comes with Amazon’s launcher, user interface, and app store pre-installed, among other things. But since the specs for the new model are quite similar to other recent Fire tablets, I highly suspect that the tablet will be at least somewhat hackable – it’s typically pretty easy to install the Google Play Store, among other things.

The new Fire 7 will be the first Amazon tablet to ship with the Android 11-based Fire OS 8 though, so it’s possible that there could be some changes that may make it a little less hackable than usual. Most older models are currently running the Android 9-based Fire OS 7.

Amazon is also launching an updated Fire 7 Kids tablet that’s based on the new Fire 7 (2022). The specs are the same, but the Kids edition model comes with a rubber bumper case, a 2-year worry-free guarantee (Amazon will replace a damaged unit, no questions-asked), and a 1 year subscription to Amazon Kids+.

Amazon Fire 7 Kids (2022)

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