Amazon launches trio of new Fire tablets


Amazon claims its £50 Fire tablet is tough enough to handle 200 turns in an active washing machine

Amazon has added a trio of tablets to its Fire range, two of which the retailer claims undercut Apple by £200.

The first is a seven-inch tablet which Amazon claims is tough enough to handle family life. The online retailer says the £50 tablet has twice the processing power compared to rivals and it can survive the “Tumble Test” twice as long as the iPad Air 2. The Tumble Test involves seeing how long a tablet will survive whilst it’s in an active washing machine and Amazon claims the HD tablets are strong enough to withstand 200 turns. According to Amazon, the iPad only managed 30 spins.

It has seven hours of battery life and expandable storage with a microSD card slot. There’s also a £100 ‘Kids Edition’ with thick rubberised case for added durability. It also has software that only lets children access age appropriate content.

The new Fire tablet is also available in a buy-five-get-one-free offer.

A pair of higher-end tablets has also been announced; the Fire HD 8 and HD 10, which both come with 8-inch and 10.1-inch screens respectively. Both tablets are 7.7mm thick.

Both tablets operate on the new Fire operating system, which displays apps on a grid and categorises all media based on previous activity. For example, the operating system will automatically download movies or TV shows the user may like  in the background based on previous viewings.

The £129.99 Fire HD 8 and £169.99 HD 10 (pictured) come with 8GB and 16GB of storage respectively. Amazon claims both tablets undercut Samsung and Apple by more than £200.