The basic Kindle – feature roundup, tech specs, pics, and more

Kindle 2019 - feature round-up, tech specs, pics, comparisons, and more
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The 2019 Kindle model sports adjustable front light, better screen, smoother design, and comes in two colors

Here is everything you wanted to know about the newest Kindle, in a handy roundup packed with comparisons, specs, and pics.

Almost three years after Kindle 8, the next-generation entry-level Kindle has been announced by Amazon, and it brings one feature you should be excited to have.

The new basic Kindle 2019 ships on April 10, in black and white color variants, complete with a range of original fabric covers.

The biggest improvement is a front-lighted display.

Four LED lamps embedded around the screen spread an even light letting you read in the dark without the need to turn on an external light. Amazon is proud of this feature, saying that the newest basic Kindle is “the first Kindle with a front light for under $100.”

This feature alone makes the price of the newest Kindle go up by $10, to $89.99, for the variant with special offers. The ad-free version costs as usual $20 more – $109.99.

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Just like Kindle Paperwhite 4, the new Kindle is offered with three months of Kindle Unlimited free of charge. The subscription is worth almost $30, and you will receive instructions by email how to redeem it.

The international version is also available in the US Kindle Store and it costs $109.99.

Keep reading to learn more about improvements, compare to other Kindle models, dive into full tech specs, and see a selection of the best pictures.

Kindle 2019 – feature roundup

While the front light is the new Kindle’s major upgrade, there are a few things that have been changed or modified.

Let’s go through them in detail.

Adjustable front light

Kindle 2019 model comes with built-in adjustable light

So far, the basic Kindle was the book lover’s best companion when reading outside. Opposite to LCD displays of tablets or smartphones, an e-paper technology allows to clearly display the text even in the brightest sun. Try to read on the iPad or Amazon Fire in the similar conditions. The screen is too dark, even when the brightness level is set to 100%.

Now, you will be able to read on the Kindle also in the dark without the need to turn on an external source of light. You won’t need a bedside light to read in bed while your husband is sleeping. You won’t need to light garden lanterns when you are binge-reading a new YA series long into the warm summer night.

It’s thanks to the front light. It’s a system that is already offered in both Paperwhite 4 and Oasis 2.

There are 4 tiny LED lamps placed around the display, under the front bezel. They spread an even light over the display, making the text visible even during the darkest night.

The light is adjustable. You can set the level manually to fit light conditions and your preferences.

One thing is worth highlighting. The front light is not hurting your eyes the way LCD screens do. The lights in the Kindle are directed horizontally across the surface of the screen, not directly into your eyes. Thanks to that, you can read for long hours without causing eye strain.

A display with a better contrast

When looking at the photos of the previous-generation Kindle, you’ve immediately spotted that the screen was not white but rather gray. It was particularly visible when contrasted with the bezel in the white version.

These days are gone. Amazon claims that the 2019 Kindle “includes updated electronic ink technology for better contrast.”

The tech specs of the display are the same as in the previous generation: resolution of 800 × 600 px, pixel density of 167 ppi, and 16 grayscale levels. However, in the technical details section on Kindle 2019 product page we read: “Amazon’s 6-inch display with built-in light.” In the 2016 model, it was E-Ink Pearl display.

The contrast of the screen had to be improved if it was meant to work with the front light.

Smoother design

Meet Amazon Kindle 2019 e-reader with front light

The new design makes the 2019 Kindle look modern and feminine. The shape has more curves and gives an impression the e-reader is lighter and smaller.

Let’s compare it with the specs. The 2019 has the same width and height as the predecessor. The only improvement is the depth: 0.34 in compared to 0.36 in the 2016 model.

What may come as a surprise, the newest Kindle is not lighter, although it looks so. It weighs 5.7 oz and is heavier by 0.4 oz than Kindle 8. The front light system is here to blame.

Kindle Unlimited free for 3 months

The Kindle Unlimited bundle introduced with the launch of Kindle Paperwhite 4 seems to be an important factor in boosting sales of the new model.

The basic Kindle 2019 model comes with the free Kindle Unlimited plan, as well. When you buy the e-reader, you become eligible to get the 3-month Kindle Unlimited plan free of charge, that’s worth $30.

If you don’t cancel the subscription during this free subscription plan, you will start a regular subscription and get charged $9.99 every month.

Redemption instructions will be sent to you via email shortly after your Kindle ships. You are not obliged to redeem the code, but if you are going to use it, make sure it happens in the next few months. The Kindle Unlimited bundle is a limited-time offer. Looking at the example of Paperwhite 4, we can say that it will be gone by May 2019.

Original Amazon case covers

Original Kindle 2019 case cover in Sandstone White color version

Just like any new other newly launched Amazon device, the 2019 Kindle comes accompanied by original accessories.

So far, only fabric Kindle covers have been released. Four color options are available: Charcoal Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, and Sandstone White.

The last option is especially interesting. It’s the white-beige cover that would be a perfect match for the white Kindle.

Will original Amazon leather covers be released for the 2019 Kindle? We hope so. Maybe we will not see a premium genuine leather cover any time soon, but we believe the basic leather lineup (the same as for the Paperwhite) will be launched in the coming weeks.

Are you looking for case alternatives? We’ve published a round-up of the best Kindle 2019 cases and sleeves for your inspiration.

Basic Kindle 2019 in comparisons

With the release of the 2019 entry-level Kindle, the modern book lover’s major question is back: which Kindle should I buy?

Below, we will compare major features and specs of current Kindle models, but the decision boils down to answering a far more important question: what are my reading preferences? We’ve got a handy quiz that will help you define which Kindle model suits you the most.

When it comes to features, we’ve got them covered in a table below. After discontinuing the Voyage last year, the Kindle range is simplified, making it much easier to pick up the most suitable model.

The latest entry-level Kindle has been updated with one of the most sought-after features – the front light. Therefore, all Kindle models offer now the features a vast majority of users is looking for:

  • Ability to read both in the bright sun and in the darkness.
  • Long battery life allowing you to read for weeks without the need to recharge.
  • Ability to play Audible audiobooks via connected Bluetooth speakers or headphones.

Kindle 2019 compared to other Kindle models

  Basic Kindle
Paperwhite 4
Oasis 2
Screen size 6 inches 6 inches 7 inches
Pixel density 167 ppi 300 ppi 300 ppi
Screen resolution 800 × 600 px 1448 × 1072 px 1680 × 1264 px
Grayscale 16-level 16-level 16-level
Waterproof No Yes Yes
Waterproof rating n/a IPX8 IPX8
Water resistance n/a Withstands immersion in 2 meters of fresh water for 60 minutes Withstands immersion in 2 meters of fresh water for 60 minutes
Front light Yes
4 LEDs
5 LEDs
12 LEDs
Blue light control No No No
Touchscreen Yes Yes Yes
Weight 6.1 oz
174 g
6.4 oz
182 g
6.8 oz
194 g
Dimensions 6.3 × 4.5 × 0.34 in
160 × 113 × 8.7 mm
6.6 × 4.6 × 0.3 in
167 × 116 × 8.2 mm
6.3 × 5.6 × 0.33 in
159 × 141 × 8.3 mm
Storage 4 GB 8 GB
32 GB
8 GB
32 GB
micro SD card No No No
Speakers No No No
Headphone jack No No No
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes
Audiobook support Yes Yes Yes
Audiobook platform Audible Audible Audible
Colors Black
Black Graphite
Champagne Gold
Release date April 10, 2019 November 6, 2018 October 31, 2017
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The question which Kindle to choose is all about making a decision which extra features you need to have – and how much extra cost you are willing to cover.

If you need a bigger screen than the standard 6-inch (which is comparable to the paperback size), you are looking into Kindle Oasis 2.

If you need a waterproof device, you will have to choose between Paperwhite 4 and Oasis 2. On the other side, you should ask yourself a question: do I want to pay extra $40 for the Paperwhite to get the waterproof device?

If you need the display with the high contrast and crisp text, you should forget about the basic Kindle. Its screen has been improved, but still it has worse resolution and pixel density, what makes the text less readable.

If you are planning to use the Kindle as an audiobook player, don’t pick up the basic Kindle. With its 4 GB of memory, you will be able to download only some 15 to 20 audiobook files. It’s better to choose the Paperwhite that comes with either 8 or 32 GB of internal memory.

If you need a white Kindle, the only model you can pick up right now is the basic Kindle 2019. However, the white Paperwhite may be launched this year, so if you are not in a hurry, you can wait a few months.

Kindle 9 (2019 release) – tech specs

Here is a handy table that collects all important data tech specs of the newest basic Kindle model released in 2019.

Screen Amazon’s 6-inch e-paper touchscreen
Levels of gray 16
Front light Yes, 4 LED lights
Screen resolution 800 × 600 pixels
Pixel density 167 ppi
Waterproof No
Storage capacity 4 GB (approximately 3 GB available to the user) – thousands of books or up to 20 Audible audiobooks
microSD card No
Body colors

• Black

• White

Battery life A single charge lasts up to four weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 13
Charge time Fully charges in approximately 4 hours from a 5W USB power adapter or computer via USB cable
Weight 6.1 oz / 174 g
Dimensions 6.3 × 4.5 × 0.34 in / 160 × 113 × 8.7 mm
Wi-Fi Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use 802.11b/g/n standards with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Bluetooth Yes – Bluetooth 4.2, 2402-2480 MHz (11.25 dBm), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from Kindle Paperwhite to your Bluetooth speakers or headphones. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported
Speakers No
Headphone jack No
Audible-ready Yes; capable of playing both Audible audiobooks and Audible companions for Kindle ebooks. Pair with Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones
Accessibility features VoiceView screen reader, available over Bluetooth audio, provides spoken feedback allowing you to navigate your device and read books with text-to-speech (available in English only). Kindle also includes the ability to adjust font size, font face, line spacing and margins
Supported formats • Text: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML DOC, DOCX through conversion
• Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
• Audio: Audible audio format (AAX)
Original case covers Yes; sold separately. Four fabric variants to choose from: Charcoal Black, Cobalt Blue, Punch Red, and Sandstone White
Warranty 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year or 3-year Extended Warranty available for U.S customers sold separately
Included the box • Amazon Kindle (11th generation, 2019 release)
• USB 2.0 charging cable
• Quick Start Guide
Launch dates • Announcement: March 20, 2019
• Pre-orders: March 20, 2019
• Release: April 10, 2019
Prices • 4 GB, Wi-Fi, with special offers – $89.99
• 4 GB, Wi-Fi, without special offers – $109.99

Entry-level 2019 Kindle in pictures

The white Kindle is back! Take a look at how the two color versions compare, and pick up the one that reflects your personality better.

The basic Kindle model released in 2019 is available in black and white
Thanks to front light, you can use the 2019 Kindle model in the dark
The new display of Kindle 2019 is glare free
Kindle 2019 has smoother lighter shape
The basic Kindle 2019 model is a great device for every use
2019 basic Kindle model is a perfect reading companion
Kindle 2019 tech specs dimensions
The 2019 Kindle comes with a range of original Amazon case covers
Kindle 2019 with an original Amazon fabric cover in Punch Red

The basic Kindle (2019) – product info

In the last part of this overview, let’s see what Amazon themselves says about the newest Kindle.

Basic Kindle (2019 release, 11th generation)

All-new Kindle 11th-generation 2019 release thumbnail

White / 4 GB

Meet the all-new Kindle, now with a built-in adjustable front light so you can read indoors and outdoors and at more times of day. Purpose-built for reading, Kindle features a glare-free touchscreen display that reads like real paper, even in direct sunlight.

Adjustable front light
The glare-free screen and built-in front light are easier on your eyes than backlit screens, so you can read for hours.

One-handed reading
Kindle is thin and light, making it easy and comfortable to hold in just one hand.

Read distraction-free
Highlight passages, look up definitions, translate words, and adjust text size – without ever leaving the page.

Holds thousands of books
With 4 GB storage, Kindle lets you take your entire library with you on the go.

At-a-tap controls
Highlight passages, look up definitions, translate words, and adjust text size – all without leaving the page.

Long battery life
Unlike tablets and smartphones, Kindle lets you read for weeks on a single charge.

Enjoy more books with Audible
Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to switch seamlessly between reading and listening.

⇢ Kindle $89.99

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Published by Piotr Kowalczyk

Geek and book lover who has been recently updated to the latest beta operating system which is still full of bugs. Blogger by day, designer by night. Founder of Ebook Friendly and Geek Updated.

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