Amazon Kindle (8th Gen)

7.8/10 AVG.
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Specs summary


The Amazon Kindle (8th Gen)'s screen is 6 inches with 600 x 800 pixels resolution.


There is a Unknown processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on the Other operating system (OS).

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The plasticky design leaves a little to be desired, but the new Kindle is a great performer and reasonably priced.

- Jonathan Bray , Alphr 

The 2016 version of the Amazon Kindle has improved the design and internals to make the best affordable ereader even better than before.

- James Peckham , TechRadar 

Reviews summary

Based on 6 reviews

What's good  

  • Light and thin
  • Rounded edges make it easier to hold
  • More RAM for faster responsiveness
  • Bluetooth connectivity for blind or visually impaired users

What's bad  

  • No front lighting
  • Not enough changes from 2014 version to warrant an upgrade
  • No 3G connectivity

It’s been two years since Amazon revamped their entry-level Kindle. The 8th generation Kindle comes with a handful of upgrades and comes in two colors: black and white. When compared to the 7th generation Kindle, the 2016 Kindle is 11 percent thinner and 16 percent lighter and has a more rounded design making it easier for experts to hold for long amounts of time.

As far as the screen goes, there’s no change from the previous version. It uses the same 6-inch, 167ppi resolution touch screen. While good enough, critics did notice text looked blurry from far away, although they mention at regular reading distance the text was sharp enough. Those hoping for page turn buttons will have to pay extra for the Oasis or Voyage as this entry-level device only offers a touchscreen. For most, this is no issue as they found the touch screen perfectly usable for turning pages and navigating the user interface. The one issue they did notice, however, was the darkness of the screen. Unlike other members of the Kindle lineup, his one does not offer front lighting, The eBook Readers states “My biggest problem with the new Kindle is how dark and gray the screen looks. Maybe it’s partially because I got a white one and it highlights how not white the screen background color is.”

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While it might come with the same 1GHz processor and 4GB of storage, Amazon doubled the RAM to 512MB making it twice as fast as its predecessor. Critics estimate battery life at around 4 weeks reading around 30 to 45 minutes a day.

A new feature on the 2016 Kindle is Bluetooth audio support. This feature is tied to an accessibility feature called VoiceView designed for those who are blind or visually impaired. This feature will provide spoken feedback to describe actions taking place on screen without the need for an adaptor. Unfortunately, this Kindle does not support music files so it cannot double as an audio player.

However, being the cheapest in the upgraded Kindle lineup also means it is missing a few features such as 3G connectivity, front lighting and a micro SD slot. The cheapest version also includes ads though consumers can pay additional to have these removed. And like the rest of the Kindle lineup, this one does not offer waterproofing.

Despite some slight cosmetic changes and new accessibility features, the 8th generation Kindle is largely unchanged from its predecessor. While reviewers believe it might lure some book readers to try out an eReader, most find it hard to recommend. Digital Reader states, “It is much prettier than the 2014 model and it is in every way an improvement, but my enthusiasm is tempered by the fact that I was satisfied with the 2014 model…” PC Magazine adds, “The new Kindle is the best eBook reader you can get for the least amount of money, especially if you don’t care about edge lighting or have less than $100 to spend.”

Reviews (7.8/10 Avg. rating)


The best e-reader for under £100

from Alphr
Once you look past the features the basic Kindle lacks, however, a highly capable e-reader emerges. It’s responsive, lightweight, reads well, and when it comes to the most important things – usability and content – it’s just as good as any of its pricier rivals. Simply put, the Amazon Kindle remains the best e-reader you can buy if you can’t – or don’t want to – spend more on your next e-reader... Full review

An update to a classic

from TechRadar
The Kindle Paperwhite is going to cost you more than the entry-level Kindle, but it does offer up some extra functionality. The screen is the main difference. There's a backlight for easy reading in the dark, and you get a higher-resolution display – 300ppi, rather than the 167ppi of the basic model. Apart from that, and a few design tweaks, the Kindle Paperwhite isn't massively different, so unless you're a devoted bed-reader it may not be worth the extra cash... Full review
Expert Reviews

The best cheap e-reader there is

from Expert Reviews
With so many features on board, it's hard to begrudge the new Kindle, even if its overall design is still a little lacking. If you don't mind the plastic finish and aren't planning to read at night, then the new Kindle has plenty to recommend it. It's definitely worth spending the extra £10 over the 2014 model, and now that Kobo's stopped producing its entry-level Touch and Glo e-readers, the new Kindle is the only e-reader worth considering under £100... Full review
Good E-Reader

Thin and Light, affordable, PDF experience is lackluster

from Good E-Reader
I would recommend this e-reader to anyone who has never owned one before and does not want to spend a lot of money. This unit is available in the Specific Offers version for $79 (it will show ads on the homescreen and bottom of your library) or the ad free model for $99.99. If you own the 2014 Kindle Basic you will notice, it is also worth the upgrade. It is thinner, lighter, has Bluetooth and has double the RAM and internal storage... Full review

Cheapest Kindle loses weight, adds Bluetooth feature

from Cnet
While the 2016 Kindle isn't a huge improvement over its predecessor, it's a perfectly good e-reader with a clearly improved design and a big upgrade for the visually impaired... Full review
PC Magazine

The best option for budget ebook readers

from PC Magazine
Reading on the Kindle is a lot like reading an actual book, at least when it comes to viewing its E ink screen. Since there's no lighting, you can only see words on the display when you have light from an outside source. Tapping the edges of the screen turned pages quickly, but sometimes the thin bezel caused my wide thumb to accidentally page-turn or highlight words, but it wasn't a persistent problem... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date July 7, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
No cellular data
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Secondary OS No
Processor Unknown
Internal Flash Memory
4 GB
RAM Unknown
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time No
Wi-Fi Surfing Time No
3G Surfing Time No
4G Surfing Time No
Reading Time 14 hours
Standby Time Up to: 28 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
E-book Reader Yes
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.0 x 11.4 x 0.9 cm
(6.3 x 4.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 161 grams
(5.7 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution 600 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density 167 pixels
Size 6 inches
3D No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination No
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical Keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Unknown
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email No
Email Protocols
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Dual Lens No
Zoom No
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info No
Video Recording Formats No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar No
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games No
Apps No
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Kindle 8, Kindle (2016)

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