[ gsmarena.com ] Amazon refreshes Kindle Fire line with Alexa smarts

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Amazon refreshes Kindle Fire line with Alexa smarts

The Amazon tribe has new members – the Fire tablets got a minor refresh and a promo to go with it. The basic Kindle Fire 7 is still staggeringly cheap – $50/£50/€70 – but it now promises longer battery life (up to 8 hours). It’s also thinner and lighter and Amazon claims it’s “more durable than the latest iPad”.

As usual, this price is with Special offers (aka ads). Getting rid of them will cost you $15/£10/€15. Naturally, Alexa is supported, you can read Kindle eBooks (complete with X-Ray), watch Amazon Video (or Netflix) and other niceties.

The Kindle Fire HD 8 goes up to…