The entry-level Kindle with a frontlight, also known as the 10th generation Kindle that was released in 2019, now officially comes with 8GB of storage space instead of 4GB, at least that’s the case in the United States.
The actual usable storage space is closer to 6.2GB because the operating system uses some of that space, but that’s still more than twice the storage space the Kindle originally shipped with when it was released in 2019.
Earlier this year people started reporting new Kindles coming with 8GB of storage space instead of the advertised 4GB. At the time we thought maybe Amazon had an overstock of Kids Kindles they were unloading because the Kid’s version has always come with 8GB.
Now Amazon has officially made the switch to 8GB, at least in the US. They’ve changed all the references of 4GB to 8GB on the Kindle product page and Kindle comparison tables.
However, Amazon’s other websites, including their UK and Canada branches, still show 4GB so either they haven’t updated those pages yet or they’re only selling the 4GB version internationally now. Some of the comments mention getting an 8GB version so they probably just haven’t updated the listings yet.
Now the entry-level Kindle has the same amount of storage space as the more expensive Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Oasis, except both of those are also available with 32GB.
This is good news for anyone concerned about storage space on the entry-level model. If you listen to audiobooks on your Kindle or have a large library of ebooks the extra storage space might come in handy, especially since it’s free.