The new Amazon Kindle for 2022 has a few upgrades over its 2019 predecessor, making it a tempting alternative for anyone in the market to a new ereader.
This latest entry in Amazon’s line of ereaders is an upgrade to the company’s cheapest device. It’s aimed at people who want an affordable Kindle without all the bells and whistles – by that we mean fancy features – of the Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis alternatives.
The new Kindle is now available and we have a review on the way, but this article will show you everything that is important about the device, to help you until we run our tests for a full review.
Amazon Kindle release date and price (2022)
The Amazon Kindle (2022) went on sale on October 12, so it’s available for purchase now.
The gadget starts at $99.99 in the US, £84.99 in the UK and AU$179 in Australia. In the US and UK it’s for a version with lockscreen ads – without that it’s $119.99 / £94.99.
For context, the latest Kindle model started at £69.99 / $89.99 / AU$139, so the new model is a little more expensive.
Amazon Kindle (2022) design and display
In terms of design, the new Amazon Kindle looks a lot like the last version from three years ago.
That means it’s a plastic block with a screen on the front and a door and a single button on the bottom edge. Amazon has made the move to USB-C from micro-USB to the port, which means faster charging.
The color options for this version are blue, replacing the previous white option, and black.
Thanks to the plastic frame, the basic Kindle is lighter than the premium Oasis. The plastic is also quite tough, although it doesn’t feel quite as premium in the hand.
As with the last-gen version, the screen is 6 inches diagonally – frankly, that’s probably enough for most people. A nice upgrade is a resolution of 300ppi (pixels per inch) up from 167 in the latest version. That extra sharpening should come in handy for images and illustrations.
Amazon Kindle Features (2022)
As with all Amazon Kindle ereaders, the 2022 base model comes with the company’s proprietary software, which gives you easy access to your library and Kindle Store – after all, these are the main things you’ll be using on the device.
Despite being locked down to Amazon services, the software can be surprisingly open. For example, you can send PDFs to your Kindle for reading.
Amazon subscription services may offer extra features. Prime Reading, available to all Prime subscribers, gives you free access to a curated library of classics and the latest works, and you can download 10 books at a time. Kindle Unlimited tops that up, giving you access to a huge library, although it costs more. You can check out our Kindle Unlimited review to see if it’s worth it.
ComiXology and Audible offer extra ways to use your ereader – the former is for comics and the latter is for audiobooks.
Most of these services have free trials, so you can see if they are right for you before committing yourself financially.
Amazon Kindle Performance and Specs (2022)
Amazon says the new Kindle will have a battery life of six weeks. While it’s unclear how much use you’ll get in those six weeks – whether that’s daily reading or a short story a week – the company is touting it as a battery upgrade on the next-gen version.
For context, we found that one hour of reading a day got us two weeks of using the previous device; so we hope to get more this time around. We’ll have to test the device to be sure.
As we mentioned, the USB-C port means charging will be faster. A bonus will be that you probably already have a charger that will work on the device – USB-C is the modern charging standard, and most smartphones, tablets, headphones and other gadgets use it.
Another update is that the storage space for the standard Kindle has increased. While it previously had 8GB, the 2022 model has 16GB, giving you more space for your books.