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Amazon Kindle Fire HD6 and Kindle Fire HD7 budget tablets introduced

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Amazon has unveiled two new ultra-affordable tablets, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD6 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD7.

The retail giant has introduced the two new tablets under a single Fire HD moniker, reflecting the fact that they're very much the same basic design.

Probably the most interesting of the two is the Fire HD6, which introduces a 6-inch tablet to the extended Kindle Fire range.

The most interesting thing about the Kindle Fire HD6, aside from that uncommon size, is its low price. It'll cost just £79 when it launches on October 2. That's £20 cheaper than a Hudl. The 7-inch Fire HD7, meanwhile, starts from £119.

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Both feature 720p displays and 1.5GHz quad-core processors from MediaTek, which should make them perfectly adequate when it comes to the multimedia tasks they'll predomindantly be used for.

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos reckons that the Fire HD range is "the most powerful tablet under $100," and the company makes the boast that it offers three times the graphics performance of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.

Both come with a choice of 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. They also contain front and rear cameras, the latter of which Amazon rather vaguely says can "Take photos or capture videos in 1080p HD." Which probably means it's a pretty humble, low-megapixel affair.

Another thing these budget tablets appear to be is extremely robust. Amazon has put the two tablets through the wringer, and reckons that they're twice as robust as the iPad mini when it comes to surviving droppages.

Add in the Fire HD range's five bright colours and chunky, easy-to-grip designs, and you can see that they'd make great tablets for older kids (Amazon has announced an even more robust one for little 'uns).

Indeed, with Fire OS 4.0 coming as standard, Amazon has added the ability to share content between family members. ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), meanwhile, guesses what video you're likely to want to watch and pre-caches it.

Head on over to the Amazon website now if you want to place a pre-order for the new Fire HD range.

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