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It’s been a while since Amazon upgraded its entry-level Kindle e-reader, but they just announced a major refresh and the wait looks to have been worth it. The 2022 edition has a lot of upgrades that it’ll make anyone who bought a Kindle in the last year bilious with envy.

The Kindle e-reader is filled with lots of improvements over its predecessor, Including the size of the Kindle’s display which is the same at 6-inches, and the battery life and storage. The battery is larger and more efficient, allowing for six weeks of juice on a single charge. while the outgoing model could manage four weeks, Amazon cites six weeks for this new model. The storage capacitiy has been doubled from 8GB to 16GB as standard. The same adjustable front light is kept for this newest model. 

Also the 6-inch display is significantly improved, with a 300 ppi resolution (up from 167 ppi.) This brings the resolution in-line with its more-expensive cousin, the Amazon Paperwhite. Amazon says this gives the new Kindle “laser-quality” text and graphics. 

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No aspect of the new Kindle remains untouched by Amazon’s team of engineers. There’s now a USB-C port for faster charging and the update includes a front-adjustable light for night-reading. And if you buy this refresh you also get a four-month trial to Kindle Unlimited.

Amazon is also launching an updated Kindle Kids version, which boasts all of the same specs, a snazzy and colorful cover, and a two-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which includes access to thousands of kid-friendly books. 

Pre-orders had already start today, September 13 and the devices will ship from 12 October. The standard Kindle is available in Black or Denim colours while new fabric covers will be available in Black, Rose, Denim, and Dark Emerald

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