Amazon is refreshing the Kindle Paperwhite for the primary time in almost three years with an up to date mannequin, including an even bigger 6.8-inch E-Ink show that’s brighter and has adjustable shade temperature, USB-C charging, a sooner processor, and weeks extra in battery life.
The present Kindle Paperwhite has been Amazon’s greatest e-reader because it was launched almost three years in the past, and Amazon isn’t messing with the system an excessive amount of. The brand new mannequin’s design is just like the outdated one, with a flush-mounted show, built-in backlight, 300 PPI decision for crisp textual content, and IPX8 waterproofing.
The brand new mannequin, nevertheless, seems to be to enhance on just about each side of the e-reader. The battery has been boosted from six weeks to roughly 10 weeks from a single cost. Charging itself is quicker: due to USB-C, the gadget can absolutely cost in about two and a half hours. There’s a brand new SoC, which (mixed with software program enhancements) Amazon says affords a 20 p.c enchancment in efficiency. And the color-temperature altering tech that Amazon debuted on the 2019 Kindle Oasis has made its approach right down to the extra inexpensive Paperwhite for studying at evening.
Probably the most noticeable change, nevertheless, is the larger show, which is leaping from six inches to a 6.8-inch panel. Amazon continues to be sustaining the identical 300 PPI pixel density, so textual content will look simply as crisp regardless of the bigger show.
In an effort to obtain that minimal improve in measurement, Amazon has shrunken down the bezels on the brand new Paperwhite. On condition that the bezels are the first place that you just typically maintain a Kindle, we’ll must see the brand new gadget in individual to gauge how that change works, though typically smaller bezels are a very good factor within the tech world.
The brand new Paperwhite fashions may even function Amazon’s up to date Kindle software program that it introduced earlier in September; at launch, they’ll provide the brand new smartphone-style swipe-down settings menu and a brand new menu bar on the backside of the homescreen. A further replace is deliberate for later within the yr that may extra considerably replace the homescreen and library menus with extra scrollable interfaces. Moreover, Amazon is introducing a brand new log-on system with the brand new Paperwhites that may add the choice to log in utilizing a Kindle app on a smartphone as a substitute of getting to wrestle with the Kindle’s on-device keyboard.
For the primary time, Amazon can be introducing a pricier, upgraded model of the Paperwhite alongside the bottom mannequin: the Paperwhite Signature Version, which is an identical to the usual model, with three variations. First, it provides Qi wi-fi charging to make it simpler to recharge. Second, it affords 32GB of storage, in comparison with the 8GB on the usual mannequin. And lastly, it affords the routinely adjusting mild sensor that Amazon had beforehand solely provided on the Oasis (whereas the bottom mannequin has to manually modify issues).
Whereas the brand new Paperwhite — and specifically, the Paperwhite Signature — have gotten the top-tier Oasis mannequin’s most blatant standout options, the $250 mannequin nonetheless has a couple of further variations that go away it on the prime of the pack.
The Oasis nonetheless has the biggest show of any Kindle (a seven-inch E-Ink panel, in comparison with the Paperwhite’s 6.8-inch show), and it options 25 LEDs for a brighter general show. The Oasis additionally has its distinctive type issue, with an aluminum physique, rotating show, and bodily web page flip buttons that Amazon’s cheaper fashions nonetheless lack.
That mentioned, hopefully Amazon will borrow a couple of options from the refreshed Paperwhites, like USB-C charging and the Paperwhite Signature’s wi-fi Qi charging, for its subsequent Oasis refresh.
The brand new enhancements do include a price, although: the brand new Paperwhite begins at $139 (a $10 improve from the 2018 mannequin), and the Paperwhite Signature Version starts at $189. These costs are for the ad-supported fashions; getting a Paperwhite with out adverts will add $20 to the value.
Amazon can be promoting a Kindlewhite Children Version with the new model for $159, which features a Paperwhite, a kid-friendly cowl, a yr of Amazon Children Plus, and a two-year prolonged alternative program, just like the prevailing bundle Amazon has for the bottom Kindle mannequin.
Orders for the brand new Paperwhite models start today, with the brand new e-readers anticipated to ship beginning October twenty seventh.