Amazon is finally updating its smaller Kindle e-reader with some of the most sought-after features on more expensive models. The tablet e-reader has an unchanged design, but now features a sharper display and longer battery life than before.
- Amazon’s all-new Kindle e-reader gets more storage and a sharper screen.
- The 2022 Kindle starts at $100 for an ad-supported variant with a screen lock.
- A new Kindle Kids e-reader was also announced for $120.
The smaller Kindle is bigger in features.
The front of the 2022 Kindle e-reader features the same 6-inch grayscale display with dark mode and adjustable brightness level options. However, it is now sharper or equal to 3x more pixels compared to the old model according to Amazon. This produces a density of 300 ppi, which is similar to other Amazon e-readers.
Unlike the Kindle Paperwhite (Signature Edition), the regular Kindle still lacks a front-facing design and doesn’t come with waterproof protection. Instead, the tablet keeps its predecessor compact and lightweight. Amazon claims the new e-reader is made from 90 percent recycled magnesium.
The new Kindle can last up to six weeks before charging, which is a huge improvement. And speaking of charging, Amazon ditched the clunky micro-USB interface in favor of a much faster, reversible USB-C port. In addition to the improved battery life, the onboard storage on the new e-reader is finally larger and doubled to 16 GB. Interestingly, this is the only memory option with 32 GB not on display.
New Kindle and Kindle Kids edition price
The Kindle (2022) with screen lock starts at $100 in black or denim blue color options. It’s available for pre-order and will ship on October 12. On the other hand, Amazon also introduced a new Kindle Kids Edition e-reader for $120. It has the same internals as the regular Kindle, but comes with a two-year warranty and one year of free access to Amazon Kids+.