Amazon launched its next-generation Kindle Paperwhite on Tuesday, which features a larger 6.8-inch display and USB Type-C charging. The new Kindle Paperwhite (also known as Kindle Paperwhite 11th Gen) is available in two different models – the basic Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition. The latter comes with more storage space of 32 GB and contains an automatically adjusting light sensor. In addition to the new Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon is hosting its hardware event on September 28th, which is expected to showcase its new Echo devices and services.
New Kindle Paperwhite price in India, availability
The brand new Kindle Paperwhite has a price of Rs. 13,999 in India while the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is priced at Rs. 17,999. Both models are available in a black color option and will be pre-ordered starting today via Amazon.in, the company said. Customers who pre-order the new Kindle Paperwhite models are eligible for Rs. 500 Kindle credit that can be used for eBook purchases up to 80 percent of the book price.
Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite will ship on October 27th, while the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition will begin shipping on November 4th.
New Kindle Paperwhite specs, features
The new Kindle Paperwhite features the 6.8-inch anti-glare display, which is 0.8 inches larger than the 6-inch screen on the existing Kindle Paperwhite. The display also has smaller 10 mm bezels and a flush front design. There are no changes to the pixel density as the new Kindle Paperwhite has the same 300 ppi number that is available on the previous model. However, Amazon claims to have improved the display with an additional 10 percent brightness at the maximum setting to provide a more enjoyable experience. There is also an adjustable warm light and white-on-black mode so users can read books both during the day and at night – depending on their preferences.
In contrast to the new regular Kindle Paperwhite, the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition also contains an automatically adjusting front light that automatically adjusts the display brightness to the ambient lighting.
On the memory front, the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition has 32 GB of onboard memory. The brand new normal Kindle Paperwhite, on the other hand, has 8 GB of storage.
Both the new Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition are said to offer the longest battery life ever on the Kindle, which can last up to 10 weeks. The e-readers also have a USB Type-C port for fast charging, which can fully charge the device in 2.5 hours with a 10W adapter. In addition, the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition offers additional support for wireless charging.
Amazon recently redesigned its Kindle user interface, which comes pre-installed on the new Kindle Paperwhite models. You can easily switch between the home screen, the library and your current book. The updated user interface also includes a new library experience with new filters, sorting menus, a new collection view, and an interactive scroll bar.
With the new user interface and hardware, the new Kindle Paperwhite models are rated with 20 percent faster page turns and an overall smoother user experience.
The brand new Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition are both made from 60 percent recycled plastic and 70 percent from recycled die-cast magnesium. Their packaging also consists of 96 percent wood fiber-based materials. In addition, the new Kindle Paperwhite carries an IPX8 rating to withstand accidental drops in the bathtub and pool.
Amazon has not yet provided the images of the new Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition.
Amazon event on September 28th
Amazon is hosting its next hardware event on September 28th at 9:30 p.m. IST. Although full details of the planned launches are not yet announced, the invitation sent to Gadgets 360 confirms that the virtual event will keep the news about the latest Amazon devices, features, and services. The invitation also states that there will be “a mix of virtual and on-site events, live from Seattle”.
The hardware event was also teased over the About Amazon site. However, since this is just an invitation, we don’t expect Amazon to publicly stream the event live.
At last year’s hardware event, Amazon introduced the Echo (4th Gen), Echo Dot (4th Gen), Echo Dot (4th Gen) With Clock, and Echo Show 10 as some of its new devices. The company also announced Luna as its new game streaming service and an update to its Ring security product line with an indoor drone and car alarm. We may see some updates on all of these products and services at next week’s event.
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