Amazon has announced the addition of two new tablets to its Fire tablet lineup today. The new Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets are now available from the online retailer. The new Fire 7 has a thinner and lighter design, comes with an improved 7 inch display, and promises a battery life of up to 8 hours with mixed use. The new Fire HD 8 comes with an 8 inch HD display, a quad core processor with up to 12 hours of battery life, 16GB of storage, and Alexa.

The Fire 7 is Amazon’s cheapest tablet and a pretty good value for a basic tablet since it costs $49.99. It now has an improved IPS display with higher contrast and sharper text. The battery life has been improved as well to up to 8 hours. It can be purchased with up to 16GB of onboard storage with microSD card support up to 256GB.

Customers who want a bit more can pay $30 extra and get the Fire HD 8 for $79.99. It features an 8 inch 1280 x 800 pixel resolution HD display, 12 hours of battery life, up to 32GB of storage and up to 256GB expandable storage support.

Both tablets feature Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant which can perform a wide variety of tasks in response to voice commands. Basic front and rear cameras are onboard as well and so is dual-band Wi-Fi and Screen Sharing support.

The new Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets are available for pre-order starting today in new color options which include Black, Punch Red, Canary Yellow, and Marine Blue.

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