Amazon today announced a replacement for its entry-level Kindle that adds a backlight to the device. This makes the device easier to see in different lighting conditions, and it comes years after pricier Kindles adopted the feature. The company also says the new Kindle has a slightly tweaked design that should make it more pleasant to hold for longer periods of time.
Unfortunately, these are the only notable upgrades to the entry-level Kindle. Amazon is sticking with the same 6-inch 167 ppi capacitive touchscreen, few weeks-worth of battery life, 4GB of storage, and Bluetooth connectivity for streaming Audible audiobooks. It’s a nice upgrade, mind you, since you now get an adjustable backlight to help you read in different settings, but it’s nothing to dash to Amazon.com for.
With this new Kindle, Amazon is increasing its price by $10. Previous, the entry-level model started at $79.99. Now, the variant with special ads runs for $89.99. If you don’t want any ads, it’ll cost you $109.99. At that point, it may be worth it to spend an extra $20 or $30 on a Kindle Paperwhite which has a nicer screen, a better design, a backlight, and waterproofing. But if you’re looking to save as much money as possible, this Kindle is right up your ally.
Amazon says the new Kindle will start shipping on April 10th. It’s available for preorder today.