While all the new consumer electronics ranging from laptops and gaming consoles to smartphones have adopted USB-C for data transfer and charging, we expected Amazon to follow suit with its lineup of Kindle devices. Unfortunately, none of the 2019 Kindle e-Book readers have USB-C port. You will have to carry the supplied Micro-USB cable with you if you plan to go on a vacation.
When Amazon updated its Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite, we expected USB-C to be one of the new changes to the devices. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. The Kindle Paperwhite got IPX8 water-proofing while the new 10th generation Kindle got LED lighting for night-time reading. The Kindle Paperwhite, entry-level Kindle and the Kindle Oasis also get Audible support but unfortunately still skip on the USB-C port.
It would be really convenient if Amazon put USB-C on their Kindle devices as you could go on a trip with a single cable and a charger and use it to charge your laptop, smartphone, gaming console and also the Kindle. Unfortunately, you will have to wait for the new generation of Kindle if you want to see that feature included. At this point, we are certain that the 11th generation of Kindle will feature the USB-C port for charging and data transfer.
We expect that Amazon will roll out the Kindle with USB-C port in early 2020 first with the Kindle Paperwhite. The implementation can then be expected to be rolled out for the Kindle Oasis and finally for the entry-level Kindle.
Are you planning to buy a new Kindle? What do you think about Amazon skipping on the USB-C for their Kindle devices? Personally, I think you can do away without carrying the Micro-USB cable for the Kindle as the battery on the Kindle easily lasts a couple of weeks. So, you can go on a short trip without having to carry the Micro-USB cable for your new Kindle.