Amazon Fire Tablets Now Available in Canada… Should We Care?

Amazon.ca continues to bolster its first party hardware portfolio with two new tablets—new for Canada, at least. At present it looks like they’ll only be available for purchase individually, rather than those crazy six-packs that were selling to Americans a few years back.

You want specs? Prepare to be underwhelmed:

Fire 7
7 inch display, 1024 x 600 pixels @ 171 ppi
8 or 16 GB of storage + microSD
Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor
2 MP camera, VGA selfie cam
Mono speaker, built-in microphone
Up to 8 hours of battery life
Starts at $59.99 CAD

Fire HD 8
8 inch display, 1280 x 800 pixels @ 189 ppi
16 or 32 GB of storage + microSD
Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor
2 MP camera, VGA selfie cam
Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers, built-in microphone
Up to 12 hours of battery life
Starts at $99.99 CAD

I had always thought that Amazon’s affordable tablets would be perfect for the novice Android modder—with an unlocked bootloader and root access you could kill the Amazon bloat and be left with a mean and lean F-Droid machine. But the XDA forums for these devices leads me to believe that rooting them is only possible on older versions of their OS. Would any Android hackers care to weigh in on whether or not the extra hassle would be worth it?

Source: Amazon via Liliputing

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