Amazon’s All-new Kindle improves upon the company’s most affordable e-reader by adding a few new features for a slightly higher price. Announced Wednesday and due to ship April 10, the All-new Kindle starts at $89.99 with Special Offers (ads) enabled—$10 more than the starting price for the prior generation. It will cost $109.99 without Special Offers (you can also disable Special Offers later, for a fee).
Because the All-new Kindle is still the lowest-end model, you can’t expect it to have all the perks of the midrange Kindle Paperwhite, which is our pick for the best Kindle for most users; let alone the Kindle Oasis, which has every imaginable e-reader bell and whistle—and a price to match. (For more Kindle reviews and how-to’s, go to our Kindle product roundup.) Still, Amazon is offering some nice features for the price, including:
- Glare-free, adjustable front lighting for easy reading day and night
- Improved E-Ink technology for crisper text
- Capacitive touch for fewer mistaken swipes as you read
- A three-month trial of the Kindle Unlimited service (access to a large library of content without per-product fees), normally $9.99 monthly
All-new Kindle vs. Kindle Paperwhite
Many users will be looking at the All-new Kindle and wondering, what are the trade-offs for the lower price? We’ll go through the highlights here.
Display: The All-new Kindle sports a 6-inch, 4-LED screen with 167 ppi. The Kindle Paperwhite’s display is the same size, but has 5 LEDs (so it’ll be brighter), and a higher resolution of 300 ppi. Finally, the Kindle Paperwhite’s display is flush with the front of the device, while the All-new Kindle’s display is slightly recessed from the bezels.
Storage: The All-new Kindle has just 4GB of storage, compared to a choice of 8GB or 32GB on the Kindle Paperwhite.
Battery: While the devices are actually very similar in dimensions and weight, their battery life differs greatly. Amazon estimates four weeks of life from a full charge for the All-new Kindle, while the Kindle Paperwhite can last up to six weeks from a full charge.
Connectivity: The All-new Kindle is Wi-Fi-only, while the Kindle Paperwhite offers a cellular option on its 32GB version for additional cost.
Water resistance: The All-new Kindle is not water-resistant, while the Kindle Paperwhite is IPX8-rated to survive in two meters of water for up to an hour at a time.
Clearly Amazon’s All-new Kindle has had to cut a few corners to be affordable. For many people, though, the affordable price could outweigh the compromises. We’ll let you know more if we have a chance to review the product. In the meantime, stay tuned to our Kindle product roundup for news as it arises, or check out the alternatives in our roundup of the best e-readers, including Kobo and others.