Amazon announces new Kindle with improvements across the board

Amazon has announced an all-new base Kindle e-reader with a slew of improvements over the previous model. The last Kindle was released in 2019 and it’s really starting to show its age. The new Kindle is a significant update with improvements to the screen, storage, ports, and more.

The previous Kindle was the lone e-reader Amazon sold that still used an old 167 ppi screen. The new model finally bumps that up to the 300 ppi screen that the more expensive Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Oasis have had for years. While you do get an adjustable light on the new model, you can’t adjust the light’s warm color temperature like you can on the more expensive models. Also improved on the new Kindle is the internal storage which has moved up from 8GB on the old model to 16GB on the new one.

The new Kindle is also lighter than the outgoing model. It weighs 5.56 oz (158 g) compared to 6.1 oz (174 g) for the old model, which is about 10% lighter. What’s impressive about the weight is that Amazon managed to get it down while also increasing the battery life from 4 weeks to 6 weeks. For charging that battery, the new Kindle finally drops its micro USB port in favor of a new USB-C port.

The new Kindle is available to pre-order now for $99.99 and comes in Black or in the Denim Blue color shown above. That price does come with lock-screen ads, so you’ll need to pay $20 more if you want the ad-free version. For a limited time, the new Kindle will come with a free four-month Kindle Unlimited membership. Amazon also sells a Kindle Kids version for $119.99, which is the same new Kindle but includes a kid-friendly case, a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ which provides unlimited access to thousands of books, and a 2-year worry-free replacement guarantee. The new Kindle and Kindle Kids will ship on October 12th.

2 comments
  1. Shirley Dulcey says:

    This has the smaller 6″ display like the one in the previous Paperwhite models, not the 6.8″ display in the current Paperwhite. And it uses only four LEDs for the front light so it won’t be as even. But for $50 less with the same amount of storage, it’s now a tempting alternative to the Paperwhite rather than something you settle for if your budget is limited.

    • Adam says:

      My guess is that this is in response to Kobo’s six inch Clara e2 that is coming out. I see a lot of feature parity, with the Kindle currently being cheaper.

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