Amazon* has today updated its Fire tablet line and announced three new models, the Fire HD, Fire and Fire Kids. Not only are the new models lighter and thinner than the previous generation but with their introduction the Kindle name was also dropped from the Amazon tablet lineup. 

The Fire HD is the most powerful model of the three, making it the best option for image viewing or editing. It comes with 8 or 10.1-inch screens that both offer a 1280 x 800 resolution. Amazon's new Fire OS 5 'Bellini' is based on Android Lollipop and powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz chipset. The Fire HD's housing is 7.7mm thin and Amazon claims twice as durable as Apple's iPad Air 2. There are stereo speakers with Dolby Audio for a good video consumption experience and an HD front camera. With a 5MP rear camera the new Amazon tablets are not ideal capture devices but a microSD support and claimed 8 hours of battery life should make them a viable option for image presentation or editing. 

The smaller Fire HD 8 will be available with 8 or 16GB of internal storage from $149.99. The larger Fire HD 10 comes in 16 or 32GB variants, starting at $229.99. Color options are black, magenta, blue, and tangerine.

The new Fire tablets' headline feature is its price. At a starting price of $49.99 it is Amazon's cheapest tablet and considering that, the specification actually sounds pretty promising. Images and video can be viewed on a 7-inch 1024x600 IPS display. The Amazon OS runs on a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 8GB of internal memory can be expanded via microSD. At the front you'll find a VGA camera, at the rear a 2MP module. Battery life is stated as 7 hours. The Fire Kids is a Fire in a shock-proof housing that comes with a 2 year 'no questions asked' warranty at $99.99.

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