Crisp 300 ppi display, adjustable front light, fast USB-C port, and 16 GB of storage are the main benefits of Kindle 11 released in 2022. Is it worth spending $100? Take a deep dive into specs and comparisons.
The newest entry-level Kindle model was announced on September 13, 2022. It was available for pre-order on the same day, with shippings starting on October 12, 2022.
If you’d like to learn whether the new Kindle fits your own needs, make sure to explore the list of things to know before buying Kindle 11.
If you prefer to dive into full tech specs and comparisons, including the visualization dimensions, make sure to keep reading this overview.
It’s the 11th-generation Kindle, according to Amazon’s device classification. The 2022 Kindle model costs $99 and comes with a crisp 300 dpi display, USB-C port, 16 GB memory, and a battery that lasts up to 6 weeks.
On the other hand, it is not waterproof, doesn’t feature the all-glass front, there is no warm light feature, and the front light is not auto-adjusting.
Is the 2022 Kindle 11 still on your radar, despite the disadvantages? Let’s dive into down-to-earth details in one handy list.
Basic Kindle 11 (2022) – main features
16 GB storage – at the time of launch, the 2022 Kindle model offers 16 GB of storage, out of which approximately 14 GB is available to the user. It’s worth noting that so far, the Paperwhite 5 was offered with 8 GB of storage, but the 16 GB variant was introduced at the same time Kindle 11 was announced.
6-inch, 300 ppi touchscreen – the new high-resolution display has three times more pixels than the previous model, offering sharper text and images in a paper-like feel. The previous-generation basic Kindle from 2019 had a display with a 167 ppi pixel density, the new one offers 300 ppi.
USB-C port – USB-C becomes the standard in charging and data transfer. It lets you charge and send data to and from the Kindle much faster than the standard USB port. You will need approximately 2 hours to fully charge the Kindle 11 using a 9W USB-C power adapter (not included in the box).
6 weeks of battery life – the new Kindle 11 offers 50% more battery life than the previous generation basic Kindle model. Instead of 4, you now have 6 weeks of peace of mind, before you start looking for a charger. The calculation is based on the assumption that you read for half an hour a day, with the display brightness set at level 13.
Dark Mode – like the 6.8-inch Kindle Paperwhite and the latest Kindle Scribe, the 2022 Kindle comes with the Dark Mode. The feature inverts colors on the screen. The display background is black and text is white. You can toggle Dark Mode in the Quick Access menu.
Built-in Audible player – just like other models, Kindle 11 doesn’t come with either speakers or headphone jack. However, you can easily listen to Audible audiobooks via connected Bluetooth earphones or speakers.
Amazon Kindle 11 2022 – specs comparison
When you consider getting the most affordable Kindle model, a comparison to the 6.8-inch Kindle Paperwhite 5 is inevitable. It’s a question of spending the equivalent of an original Amazon case cover ($30-$40).
You pay $40 more and you get a more advanced e-reader, the one that would meet not only your current needs but also the ones that may arise in the future.
On the other hand, you should ask yourself a question: do I really need a waterproof e-reader with a warm light? The basic Kindle comes with the crisp Paperwhite-like display, most probably the one that’s the same or similar to the display used in the previous-generation Kindle Paperwhite. The high-resolution screen that displays the sharp and readable text, no matter the size of the font, is the most important feature of the dedicated e-reading device.
So, how does the latest basic Kindle released in 2022 stack up against the regular variant of the 6.8-inch Paperwhite? Let’s have a look at a comparison table.
Paperwhite 5 (2021) vs. Kindle 11 (2022)
|Paperwhite 5||Kindle 11|
|Screen pixel density||300 ppi||300 ppi|
|8 GB Storage||Yes||No|
|16 GB Storage||Yes, for $10 more||Yes|
|Headphone jack 3.5 mm||No||No|
|Front light||Yes, 17 LEDs||Yes, 4 LEDs|
|Battery life||Up to 10 weeks||Up to 6 weeks|
|Climate Pledge friendly||Yes||Yes|
|Kindle Unlimited free plan||Yes, 3 months||Yes, 4 months|
|Weight||7.23 oz / 205 g||5.56 oz / 158 g|
|Dimensions||6.9 × 4.9 × 0.32 in
174.2 × 124.6 × 8.1 mm
|6.2 × 4.3 × 0.32 in
157.8 × 108.6 × 8.0 mm
|Release date||October 27, 2021||October 12, 2022|
Basic Kindle 11 2022 – size comparison
If you have complained about the display size of your previous Kindle, you should carefully compare the dimensions of the basic Kindle 2022 and Kindle Paperwhite 5, released in 2021.
The first device comes with a 6-inch display – the same size and almost all previous Kindle models, except the DX and Oasis. The latter device comes with a 6.8-inch display.
The Paperwhite’s display offers 13% more space than the display of the 2022 basic Kindle model – without actually being much larger in general. The larger display allows to enlarge the font much more, without the need to reduce margins and line spacing.
Find below the size comparison between the base Kindle 2022 (11th-generation) and the Kindle Paperwhite 5 (2021).
Amazon Kindle 11 (2022) – pros and cons
▸ High-resolution 300 ppi display
▸ Battery life extended to 6 weeks
▸ 16 GB memory with no extra charge
▸ Slim design with thinner bezel around the display
▸ Sustainable production process
▸ USB-C port for fast charging and data transfer
▸ No warm light
▸ No headphone jack, which is still the simplest solution for audiobook playing
▸ No black cover in Kids Edition
▸ No USB-C power charger included in the box
▸ No white variant
▸ Not compatible with case covers for earlier generation model
Basic Kindle 11 (2022) full specs
The full technical specifications of the newest 11th-generation Amazon Kindle basic type e-reader are listed below. For further reference, please read the full Kindle 11 (2022) user guide online.
|Screen||6-inch, glare-free touchscreen with optimized font technology|
|Levels of gray||16|
|Front light||Yes, 4 LED lights, adjustable but not auto-adjusting|
|Dark Mode||Yes, available from the Quick Access menu|
|Screen pixel density||300 ppi|
|Storage capacity||16 GB|
|Body color||• Black
|Battery life||A single charge lasts up to 6 weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day, with wireless off and the light setting at 13|
|Charge time||• Approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB-C cable
• Approximately 2 hours with a 9W USB-C power adapter (adapter not included)
|USB-C port||Yes (USB-C power adapter sold separately)|
|Charging dock station||No|
|Weight||5.56 oz / 158 g|
|Dimensions||6.2 × 4.3 × 0.32 in / 157.8 × 108.6 × 8.0 mm|
|Wi-Fi||Supports 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz networks with support for WEP, WPA, WPA2 and WPA3 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). Does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) wifi networks|
|Bluetooth||Yes, with Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from Kindle to your Bluetooth speakers or headphones. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported|
|Audible-ready||Yes; capable of playing both Audible audiobooks and Audible companions for Kindle ebooks. Pair with Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones|
|Kindle Unlimited offer||Yes, free 4-month of Kindle Unlimited subscription with the purchase of Kindle 11 (2022 release)|
|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 invert Black and White, adjust font size, font face, line spacing and margins.|
|Climate Pledge Friendly||Yes, built with 60% post-consumer recycled plastics and 70% recycled magnesium; 95% of the packaging is made of wood fiber-based materials from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources|
|Supported formats||Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; PDF, DOCX, DOC, HTML, EPUB, TXT, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion; Audible audio format (AAX)|
|Original case covers||Yes; sold separately. Two designs to choose from: watersafe fabric cover in 4 colors and Bookcover by Nupro in 3 colors. Leather covers not available at launch.|
|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 basic model (11th generation, 2022 release)
• USB-C charging cable
• Quick Start Guide
|Generation number||Overall Kindle generation – 11th|
|Bundles||Yes, Kindle Essentials Bundle ($170)|
|Launch dates||• Announcement: September 13, 2022
• Pre-orders: September 13, 2022
• Release: October 12, 2022
|Prices||• 16 GB with Lockscreen Ads – $99.99
• 16 GB without Lockscreen Ads – $119.99
Basic Kindle 11 (2022) – product description
Here are the highlights from the 6-inch Kindle 2022 product page on Amazon.
Amazon Kindle 11 (2022) release
16 GB / Ads
Take your story with you
Meet Kindle, now with an upgraded high-resolution display, 2x the storage, USB-C charging, and longer battery life. The built-in adjustable front light, and the newly added dark mode feature, lets you read comfortably indoors and outdoors any time of the day.
Enhance your reading
Enjoy sharper text and images. The upgraded 300 ppi high-resolution glare-free display features more than 3x as many pixels as the previous generation.
Read comfortably in any environment
The glare-free display reads like real paper, even in direct sunlight. Adjust the front-lit display, and now with dark mode easily invert text color for a more comfortable reading experience, day and night.
With no interruptions from messages, emails, and social media, you can lose yourself in the story.
Read for longer
Now with extended battery life. A single charge via USB-C lasts up to 6 weeks. Battery life may vary depending on use.
Better with original covers
Designed by Amazon to perfectly fit your Kindle, these slim, form-fitting covers attach securely and fold back for one-handed reading. They automatically put your device to sleep when closed and wake upon opening, making it easy to get back to your story. Learn more about our covers.
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