Amazon is giving the Kindle Paperwhite its first major update since 2018, the company announced today. The new Paperwhite range includes two different hardware models, plus a separate Paperwhite Kids edition that comes with its own sleeve, ads disabled by default, and a one-year subscription to the Amazon Kids+ service and a two-year “worry-free warranty” warranty. The new Kindles are available for pre-order starting today and shipping on October 27.
The basic Paperwhite is probably still the best combination of features and price. For $140 ($10 more than the last-gen version), you get a larger 6.8-inch display with slimmer bezels than the old Paperwhite, plus a faster processor that’s “20% faster page-turning” than the old model. . The number of LEDs used for Paperwhite’s front light has been increased from five to 17, making the lighting look smoother and more uniform. Like the Kindle Oasis, the new Paperwhite has a “warm light” option that can make the Kindle’s backlight warmer if you don’t like the standard bluish light.
Amazon also promises improved battery life for the new Paperwhite, but when you to do When you need to charge, you can finally make do with a USB-C charger instead of the increasingly outdated micro USB port on older Kindles. Like the previous Paperwhite, the new model has an IPx8 water resistance rating, 8GB of storage, an anti-glare coating and buttonless bezels that fit flush with the device’s screen.
The 2018 Paperwhite also came in a $160 32GB version with no other upgrades, but this year that model will be replaced by the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition. At $190, the Signature Edition is more expensive, but it adds an automatic brightness sensor and Qi wireless charging, making it an interesting alternative to the $250 Kindle Oasis if you’re not interested in that’s more streamlined design and physical buttons. fashion model.
The $160 Kindle Paperwhite Kids Edition complements the company’s existing $110 Kindle Kids model — it’s a slightly more expensive version of the regular $140 Paperwhite, with no ads, additional accessories and subscriptions, and a two year warranty. The hardware itself isn’t anything special, but it’s a good deal considering it normally costs $20 to remove the ads from a Kindle.
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