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Is the new 7-inch $49.99 Fire tablet worth buying? Here is everything you need to know to make the right decision.
The newest 9th-generation Fire 7 tablet has just been announced and starts shipping on June 6, 2019 – exactly two years after the previous generation.
According to Amazon, the budget 7-inch Fire features twice the storage, faster processor, and hands-free Alexa. It sounds like a solid improvement, especially when combined with a new color range.
However, the new tablet still keeps a 4-year-old IPS display, which is not impressive. The performance upgrade will not be substantial with familiar quad-core 1.3 GHz processor.
The good news is a support for hands-free Alexa. An even better news would be to see Show Mode Charging Dock for the new Fire 7, but we will have to wait for it a bit longer.
The new device costs the same as the predecessor: $49.99 for the basic version with ads and 16 GB of internal memory. The most expensive version (32 GB on board, no special offers) costs $84.99.
The newest Fire 7 has exactly the same dimensions and shape as an earlier model. Locations of buttons, ports, mic, and camera are also the same. It means that all cases compatible with the previous model will also fit the new one. More and more third-party Fire 7 2019 cases are being released on Amazon as we speak.
Amazon Fire 7 (2019) – 5 main benefits
Amazon’s new Fire 7-inch tablet may be quite disappointing for current users of the previous-generation model. It’s basically the same device, but with bigger storage options and ability to activate Alexa with just your voice.
However, if you are looking for a solid budget tablet for under $50, the newest Fire is still on top of the list.
Let’s quickly go through the list of main benefits.
1. Support for bigger microSD card
Just like any other Amazon tablet, the 2019 Fire has a microSD card slot. There is one big benefit of the new model, though. Opposite to other Fire models, you can use with it a card capable of holding up to 512 GB of data.
Other Fire tablet still support smaller microSD cards. HD 8 comes with 400 GB support, HD 10 – 256 GB. However, next-generation models (which will surely be launched this year) should feature support for 512 GB, as well.
2. Bigger storage
If you have invested in a microSD card, this feature is of little importance.
The new Fire 7 is available in two storage options: either 16 or 32 GB. The previous-generation model offered twice smaller memory (8 or 16 GB).
3. Better front camera
You can finally make video calls where you will actually see the face of the person on the other side of the line.
Amazon Fire 7 (2019) comes with the front camera with the same specification as the one on the back: 2.0 MP with 720p HD video recording.
As a reference, the previous-generation Fire 7 had the front camera with only 0.3 MP capture resolution.
4. Hands-free Alexa
Previous-generation Fire 7 supported Alexa voice assistant, but to activate it you had to take the tablet in your hands.
The newly released 7-inch Fire lets you speak to Alexa hands-free. You can leave the tablet on the other side of the room and activate it by simply saying “Alexa” and asking a question.
If you want to give a voice assistant a try, make sure to learn more about advantages of using Alexa with a Fire tablet.
5. Shorter charge time
Most reviewers missed it, but I think it’s something worth highlighting. The new Fire can be fully charged 30% quicker than the previous model.
The 2017 7-inch Fire needed 6 hours to be fully recharged. The newest model charges to 100% in approximately 4 hours, if you use the micro-USB power adapter included in the box.
It has its price, though. The battery life is shorter – 7 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music versus 8 hours in the previous-generation model.
6. Same dimensions – full case compatibility
The 2019 Fire 7 tablet has exactly the same dimensions and shape, as well as placement of ports, buttons, mic, and rear camera.
On one side, it makes it look like a “nothing new” kind of gadget (similarly to the 2019 iPad mini 5) – especially that the colors are less catchy than in the 2017 model.
It has, however, one big benefit. The case from your current Fire model should be 100% compatible with the new one.
Amazon Fire 7 (2019) – comparisons
It’s worth buying the newest Fire if you want to give it to another member of your family.
If you currently use the previous-generation 7-inch Fire, and bought is last year, you will hardly find any reason to replace one device with the other.
Also, if you were looking for a better user experience, the new Fire doesn’t give much. Amazon claims it’s faster, but processor specs are the same – so it’s not considerably faster.
The biggest disappointment is the same standard-definition display, which offers only 1024 × 600 pixels. It’s the same display as the one used in two previous Fire 7 generations.
If you are looking for a solid upgrade, you should take a closer look at Fire HD 8.
Amazon Fire 7 (2019) compared
|Feature||Fire 7 (2017)||Fire 7 (2019)||Fire HD 8 (2018)|
|Resolution||1024 × 600 px||1024 × 600 px||1280 × 800 px|
|Pixel density||171 ppi||171 ppi||189 ppi|
|RAM memory||1 GB||1 GB||1.5 GB|
up to 256 GB
up to 512 GB
up to 400 GB
|Processor||Quad-Core 1.3 GHz||Quad-Core 1.3 GHz||Quad-Core 1.3 GHz|
|Cameras||Front: 0.3 MP
Rear: 2 MP
|Front: 2 MP
Rear: 2 MP
|Front: 2 MP
Rear: 2 MP
|Dimensions||7.6 × 4.5 × 0.4 in
192 × 115 × 9.6 mm
|7.6 × 4.5 × 0.4 in
192 × 115 × 9.6 mm
|8.4 × 5.0 × 0.4 in
214 × 128 × 9.7 mm
|Launch date||June 7, 2017||June 6, 2019||October 4, 2018|
|Fire 7 (2017)||Fire 7 (2019)||Fire HD 8 (2018)|
Amazon Fire 7 (2019) – tech specs
Looking for a complete list of the Fire 7 tech specs. You’ll find them in a table below.
|Screen||7-inch IPS (in-plane switching) display with advanced polarizing filter|
|Screen resolution||1024 × 600 px|
|Pixel density||171 ppi|
|Storage capacity||• 16 GB
• 32 GB
|microSD card||Yes, add up to 512 GB of additional storage|
|RAM memory||1.0 GB|
|Processor||Quad-Core 1.3 GHz|
|Body colors||• Black
• Twilight Blue
|Battery life||Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music|
|Charge time||Fully charges in under 4 hours using the micro-USB power adapter included in the box|
|Weight||10.1 oz / 286 g|
|Dimensions||7.6 × 4.5 × 0.4 in / 192 × 115 × 9.6 mm|
|Cameras||• front: 2.0 MP HD camera with 720p video recording
• rear: 2.0 MP HD camera with 720p video recording
|Wi-Fi||Single-antenna dual-band Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the dual-band 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security|
|Ports||• USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to a PC/Macintosh computer, or to charge your device with the included power adapter
• microSD slot for external storage
|Audio||3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker|
|Bluetooth||Yes; with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, speakers, microphone|
|Blue Shade blue light control||Yes; the feature automatically adjusts and optimizes the backlight for a more comfortable nighttime reading experience|
|Alexa||Yes; the personal assistant provides quick access to the entertainment you want, including music, games, audiobooks, and more|
|Accessibility features||VoiceView screen reader enables access to the vast majority of Fire tablet features for users who are blind or visually impaired using text-to-speech or a connected refreshable braille display. Screen magnifier enables viewers to zoom in and out, and pan around the screen. Fire tablets also include accessibility settings for Closed Captioning, Font Size, High Contrast Text, Color Inversion, Color Correction, and Convert Stereo to Mono audio|
|Supported formats||Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, M4V, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, MKV, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, 3GP, VP8 (WEBM)|
|Location services||Location-based services via Wi-Fi|
|Original case covers||Yes; fabric stand covers sold separately. Five colors to choose from: Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, Sage, and Desert Orange|
|Warranty||90-day Limited Warranty and service included. Optional 1-Year, 2-Year and 3-Year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately|
|In the box||• Fire 7 tablet (2019 release, 9th-generation)
• USB 2.0 cable
• 5W power adapter
• Quick Start Guide
|Launch dates||• announcement – May 16, 2017
• pre-orders – May 16, 2017
• release – June 6, 2017
|Prices||• 16 GB, with special offers – $49.99
• 16 GB, without special offers – $64.99
• 32 GB, with special offers – $69.99
• 32 GB, without special offers – $84.99
Amazon Fire 7 (2019 edition) in pictures
Take a look at the best pictures of the newest 7-inch Fire tablet: color options, tech specs & ports, usage, and more.
Amazon Fire 7 (2019) – product chart
And finally, a quick overview of benefits Amazon have included on a product page of the 2019 7-inch Fire tablet.
Amazon Fire 7 tablet (2019 release)
Tiny price – bigger fun
Engineered and tested by Amazon, Fire 7 is our best-selling tablet – now 2X the storage, faster quad-core processor, hands-free with Alexa, and 2X as durable as the latest iPad mini. Complete tasks, enjoy movies on the go, browse recipes, or ask Alexa for the weather – making your every day easier.
Designed for entertainment
Enjoy millions of movies, TV episodes, games, apps, eBooks, and songs. Stream or download thousands of videos from Prime Video, Netflix, STARZ, and SHOWTIME. Discover over 570,000 apps and games, 475,000 Audible titles, and millions of songs.
Alexa connects you to the information, entertainment, and people who matter most – with just your voice. Ask to play videos and music, open apps, shop online, check the weather, call or message almost anyone and much more. Just say “Alexa” – even when the tablet screen is on standby.
Great for the entire family
With award-winning Amazon FreeTime, parents can create child profiles to limit screen time, set educational goals, and manage content with easy-to-use parental controls. FreeTime is free on every Fire tablet – or subscribe to FreeTime Unlimited to access over 20,000 titles.
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