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Amazon refreshes Fire 7 tablet with USB-C, finally

Amazon threw in some other upgrades, too, but also raised the price.
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May 18, 2022
TL;DR
  • The new Amazon Fire 7 tablet for 2022 has a USB-C port, finally.
  • Amazon also upgraded the processor, RAM, and battery life.
  • However, the tablet is also more expensive, starting at $59.

For years now, the smallest and cheapest Amazon tablet has been the company’s best seller. Its incredibly low price of just $49 no doubt helped the tablet be a success. However, the last time the device got a refresh was in 2019, so it’s been overdue for some love.

Thankfully, Amazon issued a 2022 refresh for the Amazon Fire 7 tablet today. Most notably, the tablet finally has a USB-C port for charging. Since its inception, the Fire 7 has had the long-outdated Micro-USB port instead, so this is a welcome change.

See also: Everything you need to know about Fire OS

Elsewhere, Amazon also added more RAM. In fact, it doubled it from a measly 1GB to a slightly better 2GB. The tablet’s battery life has also been extended, and it has a better processor, which Amazon claims gives it 30% more power.

Obviously, the device still lacks access to the Google Play Store, though, with Fire OS focusing on Amazon’s own app ecosystem.

These upgrades for the Amazon Fire 7 tablet do come at a cost. The entry-tier price bumps up slightly from $49 to $59. That’s for the model with 16GB of internal storage and an ad-supported lock screen. You can ditch the ads and stick with 16GB of space for $74.99, ditch the ads and bump up to 32GB for $94.99, or keep the ads with a 32GB upgrade for $79.99.

The tablet comes in three colors: black, Denim, and Rose. The Sage (green) color from the 2019 model is not landing on the 2022 model, although you can still get the 2019 device if you like.

Click the button below to pre-order the Amazon Fire 7 tablet for a June 29 delivery.