When Amazon informed me that it was announcing a new Kindle,it was not what i expected. But here too, Amazon has released a large-format 10.2-inch E Ink reader that includes a stylus. It can be said that it is the spiritual successor of the now defunct Kindle DX, which had a 9.7-inch screen. It’s already available for pre-order for $ 340 with a standard stylus or $ 370 with a premium stylus and “will arrive before Christmas,” says Amazon.
A handful of competitionthat function as digital notebooks are available from other companies, including Kobo and ReMarkable. But Amazon says the Kindle Scribe is the only 10.2-inch front-backlit e-book reader with an E-display with a high resolution of 300 ppi (pixels per inch).
The device is only 5.8 mm thick (0.22 inches) and weighs 433 grams. For comparison,weighs 205 grams, and the new improved baseline is 158 grams. The Kindle Scribe front lighting scheme consists of 35 LEDs. This compares with 25 LEDs for the Kindle Oasis, 17 LEDs for the Kindle Paperwhite, and four LEDs for the basic Kindle 2022.
I haven’t played the Kindle Scribe yet, but Kevin Keith, Amazon’s vice president of devices, showed me some of its key features during a video call, showing how little the latency is when taking notes. Both the standard stylus and the premium stylus require no power or Bluetooth connectivity and use electromagnetic resonance technology. The premium stylus has an erase feature and a programmable button for $ 30 more. Both attach magnetically to the side of the e-reader.
The Kindle Scribe is made of recycled aluminum and charges via USB-C (cable, but no power adapter, and using a 9-watt or higher power adapter will speed up charging). Like Oasis, you can use it left or right – just flip it 180 degrees one way or the other – and Amazon will sell several different folio covers that will turn into a kickstand and allow you to prop up your device.
You can get up to three months of battery life if you use Scribe as an ebook reader (based on 30 minutes of reading a day), but taking notes uses more power and significantly reduces battery life. However, depending on how you use it, you can still get weeks of battery life while taking notes and drawing.
If you want, you can import different file formats and document types to tag them. They include Kindle 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, and HTML DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, PMP via conversion. As with the other latest Kindles, you can also listen to the Audible (AAX) audio format or text-to-speech audio through Bluetooth headphones or speakers. Additionally, Amazon claims to be working with Microsoft to allow you to export a Word document directly from your computer to the Kindle Scribe in that Word document. This feature will arrive in 2023, says Amazon.
Scribe runs on the same Mediatek system on the chip that the Paperwhite runs on. It can run up to 2 GHz, according to Amazon, but only does this for certain applications that require higher performance. When it comes to storage, the base model is 16GB, but the 32GB and 64GB configurations are available for more money. Scribe is a Wi-Fi-only Kindle, with no cellular option.
I asked Keith why Amazon now opted for a 10.2-inch e-reader after it moved away from large e-readers a few years ago and stopped using the Kindle DX in 2014. This model had a limited but loyal following that especially appreciated having a large screen e-reader that could display larger font sizes with enough words per line. Keith said the technology – screen technology in particular – has finally come to the point where the user experience has lived up to Amazon’s high standards. Amazon may have released a similar product for several years without a headlight, he explained, but that didn’t make sense.
Amazon hasn’t said exactly when the Kindle Scribe will ship, but the product page says it will be “released” on November 30th. We look forward to testing it and will publish a full review shortly before shipment.