Amazon announces new Kindle with added front light and more comfortable design

Amazon has just announced a new Kindle to replace the older entry model that was released in 2016. The main new feature is the addition of a front light, which has only been available on higher-end models until now. The new Kindle is said to be more comfortable to hold, thanks to the new gradual curve along all of its edges, which replaces the outgoing model’s sharp chamfered edge. The new Kindle still has the same recessed 167 PPI screen and isn’t waterproof, so if you want a flush 300 PPI screen or water resistance, you’ll still need to upgrade to either the Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis. The new Kindle starts at $89.99, which is $10 more expensive than the previous model. Pre-orders are available now in black or white, and it will be released on April 10th. Buyers will get 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for free, instead of the usual 30-day trial, and there’s also a Kindle Trade-in offer that gives you 25% off any new Kindle model.

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2 comments
  1. OG Charlie says:

    They should’ve just replaced with the basic Kindle with the last generation Paperwhite. $90 for a 167 PPI screen is too much.

  2. John says:

    So, let me get this straight. They’ve basically re-released the 1st gen Paperwhite, at a price only marginally lower than the 1st-gen Paperwhite was when it launched several years ago? But now they’re not calling it Paperwhite. And 167PPI for an ereader in 2019?

    Sorry, Amazon, but you’ve completely flubbed the Kindle releases this year. I want a crisp screen, and a frontlight that doesn’t sear my eyes at night. The waterproofing is nice for some, but I would never use it myself.

    I kept waiting for a new Paperwhite with adjustable color frontlight for night reading, and I guess we’ll never get it. So, Kobo it is. Amazon has allowed all the other ereaders to leave them in the dust, tech-wise, and it’s time they stop resting on their near-monopoly laurels.

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