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Amazon's updated Fire 7 tablet includes a faster processor and twice the storage at the same price

Amazon today announced an updated Fire 7 tablet (opens in new tab). The new entry-level Fire device gains a faster processor, has twice the storage of its predecessor (opens in new tab) — up to 16GB from 8GB — and comes in all-new color options. The 2019 tablet can also support microSD cards up to 512GB in size, up from the 256GB limit of the prior version, and has the hands-free Alexa capabilities of its larger siblings (opens in new tab).

Outside of the bumped specs and new colors, the device remains mostly unchanged. It still has 1GB of RAM, the same 7-inch IPS display, and 2MP rear camera, though the front-facing camera is now 2MP, too. Importantly, the 2019 Fire 7 tablet retains its $50 starting price. You can pre-order it in black, sage, plum, or twilight blue and it will begin shipping on June 6. If you pre-order it before this date, you'll also get $10 Amazon Appstore credit to spend on apps, games and in-app purchases.

Kevin Keith, Vice President, Amazon Devices, said:

Fire 7 is our best-selling tablet with tens of millions sold. For under $50, we're making it even better for customers with a faster processor and 2x the storage, so customers can enjoy even more of their favorite entertainment at home and on-the-go. And, with hands-free access to Alexa on Fire 7, it's never been easier to get the news, find a recipe, play music, and more.

Amazon also took wraps off its updated Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet (opens in new tab). The $100 device features the updated Fire 7 tablet in a rugged, child-friendly case. It's backed by Amazon's signature 2-year "worry-free guarantee" that offers free replacement in case of damage and you also get a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited (opens in new tab) worth $119 with the purchase. It gives you unrestricted access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games at no extra cost.

The tablets are also available to pre-order in the UK (opens in new tab) and Canada (opens in new tab).

Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at @adamoram.