Amazon has released an updated model of its basic 6-inch Kindle. The new version of the e-reader, which starts at $100, got a display with a resolution of 300ppi instead of the previous 167, doubled the storage to 16GB and (finally) replaced the outdated micro-USB connector with a USB C
The gadget also supports dark reading mode and guarantees six weeks of battery life (the description of the previous version was vague about “weeks” of work). This model is positioned as the “most compact” Kindle. The company also says it uses 90% recycled aluminum in its manufacture and the packaging is made from recycled wood fiber, in line with Amazon’s plans to switch to fully recycled packaging for its devices by next year.
Of course, this Kindle still lacks some features of the more expensive 6.8-inch model, such as a warm backlight for late-night reading, wireless charging, and a flat display.
The $100 device price includes special offers (such as showing ads on the lock screen). If you buy a gadget without them, the amount increases to $120. Of course, that’s a far cry from the days when the Kindle was $79, but the updates are definitely worth the money as they help the device keep up with the times.
The standard Kindle comes with four free months of a Kindle+ subscription and is not only available in black, but also in “denim”, i.e. dark blue. There’s also another model that has the same features but is geared towards kids – with a child focus and one-year access to the Amazon Kids+ content service. The cost of this version is $120. All variants can be pre-ordered from today.