Amazon on Tuesday announced a new $99 entry-level Kindle e-reader with several improvements over the previous model.
The biggest change is the display, which is much crisper than the previous $89 Kindle. This means that the text will look sharper when you read it, rather than a little blurry. Sharpness is now on par with Amazon’s more expensive $140 Kindle Paperwhite. The new Kindle also comes with double the memory, 16GB instead of 8GB, which should be more than enough for most digital book libraries. You will be able to store thousands of books.
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The new Kindle also has backlighting, but it lacks some of the more advanced backlighting features of the Kindle Paperwhite, such as the ability to change the white balance to orange for comfortable reading. It’s also not waterproof, so you’ll still want to consider a more expensive model if you’re worried about getting splashed in the pool.
Finally, as with other updates to the Kindle line, such as the Paperwhite, Amazon has added a newer USB-C charger, which is the most common port used in Android phones, Apple tablets, and more. It replaces the outdated microUSB port, which gadgets have largely abandoned in recent years.
Amazon also introduced a new Kindle Kids model with similar upgrades. Both devices are available for pre-order from Tuesday.
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