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When we first heard the rumors about this thing, we thought it was pretty crazy. There’s no way that Amazon could possibly put together a reasonable tablet for fifty bucks and yet here we are. Earlier today, Amazon announced what could be the impulse buy of the holiday season, because the new Amazon Fire tablet is only $49.99. Yeah. Fifty bucks. For a tablet.

Of course, you can fully expect to make a few sacrifices in order to get at this price point. The 7-inch display is a pathetic 1024 x 600 pixels (171ppi), but it is an IPS panel. There is a 1.3GHz quad-core processor under the hood, but it’s just a MediaTek chip. There are front and rear cameras, but they’re just 2MP and VGA, respectively. You get free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content, plus a microSD slot for expansion, but there’s only 8GB of internal space. But hey, it’s only $49.99.

No, you can’t possibly expect the world of this thing and you know full well that Amazon aims to make money on the back-end through the shopping-centric Fire OS 5 “Bellini” running the show. They make you want to buy all sorts of books, movies and games through this device, which only makes sense. In fact, just like the Kindle e-readers, the lower price comes with sponsored screensavers. Removing those will cost you an extra $15. Even so, I’m pretty sure this $50 Amazon Fire tablet is still better than the no name piece of garbage you might find in a bargain bin elsewhere.

Official: The $50 Amazon Fire Tablet Is Real and It's Spectacular(ly Cheap)


In addition to the new Amazon Fire tablet, the company also announced updated versions of the Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10 and Fire Kids Edition, which start at $149.99, $229.99 and $99.99, respectively. The new Fire tablet starts shipping on September 30, but you can pre-order one now. Better still, take advantage of the buy five, get one free deal for a six-pack of Fire tablets for $249.99. Yeah, they definitely see these things as disposable.

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