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 sharper than the previous $89 Kindle. This means that the text will be clearer when you read, instead of slightly blurry. Sharpness is now on par with Amazon’s more expensive $140 Kindle Paperwhite. The new Kindle also comes with twice the storage, 16GB instead of 8GB, which should be more than enough for most eBook libraries. You will be able to store thousands of books.
The new Kindle also has a backlight, but it lacks some of the more advanced backlight features of the Kindle Paperwhite, such as the option to change the white balance to an orange tint for reading comfort. It’s also not water resistant, so you’ll always want to consider the more expensive model if you’re worried about getting splashed in the pool.
And, finally, as with other Kindle lineup updates like the Paperwhite, Amazon has added a new USB-C charger, which is the most common port used by Android phones, Apple tablets and more. It replaces the aging microUSB port that gadgets have mostly ditched in recent years.
Amazon also introduced a new Kindle Kids model with similar upgrades. Both devices are available for pre-order starting Tuesday.