Lately a lot of people have been asking if Amazon is going to release a new Kindle this year, especially now that some companies have started releasing new ebook readers with color E Ink screens.
The fact is nobody outside of Amazon really knows if they’re planning to release a new Kindle this year or not, despite what some bloggers will tell you, but we can look at past events to gauge the likelihood of a new Kindle getting released this year.
Amazon currently offers three different Kindle models, along with the Kids Kindle but it’s the same as the entry-level Kindle so it’s not really a separate model.
Of those three Kindles, two were just released last year. This is important because Amazon rarely replaces a model after just one year. In fact most stay around for at least 2-3 years before being discontinued or replaced.
The current entry-level Kindle was released in April 2019 and the Kindle Oasis 3 was released in July 2019.
The likelihood of either of those getting replaced this year is extremely low, especially considering both have a 4.5-star rating among user reviews at Amazon.
The one model that could possibly get updated is the Kindle Paperwhite 4 that was released in November 2018. If Amazon decides to add a warm frontlight to the Paperwhite like they did with the Oasis last year, that’s one way I could see a new Kindle getting released in 2020.
But it took Amazon over 3 years to replace the last Paperwhite model, and warm frontlights were around then and they opted not to included one so are they likely to do so now?
Given that, the odds of Amazon releasing a new Kindle in 2020 looks pretty slim, but they have released a new Kindle every year since 2009 so history is on the side of something new coming out.
There’s an outside chance that Amazon could release an entirely new model to add to their lineup of Kindles. They haven’t done that since 2016 when they first introduced the Oasis so it’s about time for a new model.
I strongly doubt that Amazon will release a color Kindle anytime soon because of limitations with the technology, and they already sell Fire tablets for color content.
I still think there would be a market for Kindles with larger screens, (I read Kindle ebooks on the 10.3-inch Onyx Note2 all the time and I think reading on the large screen is great), but year after year Amazon refuses to release a Kindle with a screen larger than 7-inches.
People read ebooks on larger iPads and tablets all the time, and Amazon even sells 8-inch and 10-inch tablets, so why isn’t there an option for a larger Kindle too? I just don’t get it. But maybe they’ll surprise us and finally release a larger model this year.
How about a basic kindle 7 inches with 300 ppi, no front light and 8gb of storage for $99. I’ll buy that in a heartbeat.
Sportbike Mike says
You and nobody else
yeah who the hell would buy that? for $30 more you could buy a paperwhite
Here is an idea. Buy a Paperwhite and turn off the light.
Why would you even want that….
You missed his point, he clearly specified 7 inches. Paperwhite has 6 inches.
Arno van Wingerde says
Same here: providedit remains the same size overall, so with narrower bezels.
I would have no objection against the Oasis, even at the price, but it is much too wide, does not fit my pockets which ruins its usefulness for me.
It is kind of good but most phones now a days has 5000 mah or more so maybe a 10000 mah or something battery may do and why 7 inches the 6 inches is very large i would say replace the kindle screen with a mobile screen so it will be more colourful and powerful
Steve H. says
I am in the market if Amazon comes out with a Large reader with page buttons. I seem to be one of the few that prefer the Oasis/Forma form; If an Oasis DX comes out I will probably buy.
I would prefer if it could be like the Kobo Aura One and not bothered if it came with buttons or not.
Kenneth Solomon says
I own an oasis. Lighting and page buttons are a must. A larger screen would get my $.
It would be nice to have a kindle the size of a big hardcover book. This would give the Kindle a hardcover book feel when reading. I would buy one definitely if released.
Sportbike Mike says
Could you imagine how much a 10″ Kindle would cost. Then consider that unlike the Onyx Boox devices all you can do on it is read. Personally I have no need or interest in a Kindle bigger than the Oasis. I had a DX once and sold it. The second I had a 9.6″ Onyx Boox reader the DX was useless to me.
If they wanted to be reasonable a 10-inch Kindle could cost $399 like the Remarkable 2 and Pocketbook InkPad X. Considering the 32GB Oasis sells for $299 without ads I don’t think $100 more for a 10-inch Kindle would be that bad at all.
I’d like a larger kindle for PDFs but it would need to cost no more than about £150-£200. I don’t need the whole glass and metal lifestyle choice thing – I want a larger paperwhite, not a larger oasis/voyage, and I don’t care about audio, waterproof, colour etc etc.
Steve H. says
For one high (Oasis) quality screen and page buttons, I would probably be all in.
I agree. Wish that I could buy a 10 inch kindle voyage- it would be my dream come true.
Sleeping in Seattle says
Obligatory still waiting for USB-C comment.
C’mon Amazon, I know that the chances are next to zero, zero or even negative, but I’d love a Paperwhite (i.e. 6″) with buttons. I’m still amazed by the sheer shamelessness of introducing the touch screen and declaring buttons obsolete… and then launching a premium product four years later which has having them as one of the main selling points 😀
Waiting for PPW5 with the Comfort Light, No need waterproof but better screen at least same as clara hd.
I just want a bigger font on my kindle. I use my old kindle because the fonts on my new one is too small, even on the largest option it is so small, smaller than newspaper size.
Arno van Wingerde says
Wow…. if i choose the largest font size, I end up with 5 “lines” of text, each line only 2 or 3 words…
If your eye sight is that poor, you might be better of with a 10″ tablet as you can show more text even at large font size and you can crank up the brightness further, which may help you as well. Of course it reflects more light so i would not normally recommend this, but in your case it might actually work better ….
All Kindles can do large fonts. Experiment with the settings and you should be able to get as large a font as you wish.
Nook Glowlight Plus 7.8 format with page turn buttons on both sides, but streamlined. Not metal – i have the Oasis and Kobo Libra and I love the feel of the Libra so much more. Most of my new bought books are bought from Kobo because of how much I like the device. But if Amazon brought out a 7.8, 8 or larger device – straight form factor as the Nook – I would switch totally back to Kindle in a heartbeat.
A $400 10 inch Kindle is stupid. It would be $50 more than an Ipad! I doubt that there is enough of a market for such an overpriced device.
Then how is Onyx still business then when they charge $550 for their 10″ Note2? The tablet argument is not valid because you can always find a tablet for cheaper than an E Ink ebook reader at all price points. I have an iPad and it’s great for web browsing and a lot of other things. Long-form reading is not its strength, and the iBooks PDF support is terrible. I’d rather use a Remarkable for PDFs than Apple’s crappy app.
Onyx is a niche company that is fine with the revenue that they have. Amazon is not Onyx. My argument is perfectly valid in fact you made it for me. Do you really think Kindles sell as well as Fire tablets? And the majority of that market is people just buying ebooks from Amazon and reading them. Only a small fraction of that already borderline niche market wants a large reader for reading pdfs and wants it over a tablet. Amazon has already been down that road. The Kindle DX wasn’t a hit. And the only difference between then and now is that tablets are better and it is easier to read on them. I think it is literally just you and Goodereader that pushes buying overpriced Onyx ereaders over just buying an Ipad.
Perhaps that’s because we’re among the few that have used both large screen ebook readers and iPads so we know how much better they are for reading and notetaking compared to iPads. And here you are again decrying ebook readers with larger screens without ever using one. You should try one before taking such a strong stance against them, and perhaps consider that other people have different opinions and needs when it comes to a dedicated reading device.
In fact I used to share your opinion when 13.3-inch ereaders first started coming out. Then after I used one it started to change my opinion. If prices continue to trend downwards they can coexist with iPads and other tablets, especially in business and education markets. Personally I’d rather get rid of my iPad than my Onyx Note2. It’s not even close. My laptop can easily take the place of the iPad, but it can’t take the place of the Note2 with an E Ink screen.
If the Kindle starts having more notetaking support, they have to up the specs. I have trouble going on Google!
They released a large screen Kindle years ago, the DX. Not many people bought it. I doubt that very many people will buy it this time around. The main draw of Kindles is that it’s small and portable. A large version will mostly sit at home. Then there’s also the issue of weight. A large kndle will weigh more and will no longer dissapera in your hands. You will feel fatigue and have to shift hands every 5 minutes.
Sure, people always say that they will buy a large kindle but when actually presented with one and all the drawback, no one does.
What about people that do most of their reading at home? And weight doesn’t necessarily have to be an issue. The 10.3-inch Sony DPT-CP1 weighs only 234 grams. That’s less than a typical 6-inch ebook reader in a case. Plus lots of people use 10-inch and larger tablets and those are much heavier.
How come you run a blog specifically catered to e readers? Kindles are selling in huge number not only because of e ink but because of its portability too. The fact that kindle is less than 190 gram is a major factor for someone who wants to read without any form of distraction or fatigue. Apart from the Lcd screen which tires your eyes, most of the tablets are heavier than 300 gram. And add to that some 100 gram case. Boom, you are holding a 1 pound object for the purpose of reading.
I own an ipad which weighs around 1 pound without case and for the purpose of reading, I detest it.
I would only buy another Kindle if they made one with a bigger screen. Preferably one with a screen size equivalent to a hard back book.
I think we all would buy if it has 10000 mah or more minimum 5000 mah and lighting is not needed because why are they important we could use a torch and waterproof is also not needed.Most of them will not read under water makes no sense after all and it would be better if we used mobile type screen and processor since the kindle is extremely slow and the screen is black and white