Amazon is updating the Kindle Paperwhite for the first time in nearly three years with an updated model that adds a larger 6.8-inch e-ink display that is brighter and has an adjustable color temperature, USB-C charging, a faster one Processor and weeks more features battery life.
The current Kindle Paperwhite has been Amazon’s best e-reader since its release nearly three years ago, and Amazon doesn’t mess around with the formula too much. The design of the new model is similar to the old one, with a flush-mounted display, built-in backlighting, 300 PPI resolution for crisp text and IPX8 water resistance.
However, the new model aims to improve practically every aspect of the e-reader. The battery was charged for approximately 10 weeks on a single charge of six weeks. Charging itself is faster: thanks to USB-C, the device can be fully charged in around two and a half hours. There’s a new SoC that (in combination with software improvements) offers a 20 percent increase in performance, according to Amazon. And the technology for changing the color temperature that Amazon introduced on the Kindle Oasis 2019 has become the cheaper Paperwhite for reading at night.
The most noticeable change, however, is the larger display, which jumps from six inches to a 6.8-inch panel. Amazon still maintains the same pixel density of 300 PPI, so the text looks just as sharp despite the larger display.
In order to achieve this minimal magnification, Amazon has reduced the bezels of the new Paperwhite. Given that the bezels are generally the most important place you hold a Kindle, we need to see the new device in person to assess how this change works, although smaller bezels are generally a good thing in the tech world .
The new Paperwhite models will also include Amazon’s updated Kindle software announced in early September; At startup, they offer the new smartphone-style swipe-down settings menu and a new menu bar at the bottom of the start screen. An additional update is planned for later in the year that will significantly update the home screen and library menus with more scrollable interfaces. In addition, Amazon is introducing a new registration system with the new Paperwhites, which offers the possibility of registering with a Kindle app on a smartphone instead of having to mess around with the kindle’s keyboard on the device.
For the first time, Amazon is also presenting a more expensive, upgraded version of the Paperwhite in addition to the basic model: the Paperwhite Signature Edition, which is identical to the standard version with three differences. First, it adds Qi wireless charging for easy charging. Second, it offers 32 GB of storage compared to 8 GB for the standard model. And finally, it offers the automatically adjusting light sensor that Amazon had previously only offered on the Oasis (while the base model has to adjust manually).
While the new Paperwhite – and the Paperwhite Signature in particular – received the most obvious standout features of the top-tier Oasis model, the $ 250 model still has a few additional differences that make it stand out at the top of the pack.
The Oasis still has the largest display of any Kindle (a 7-inch e-ink panel compared to the Paperwhite’s 6.8-inch display) and has 25 LEDs for a brighter overall display. The Oasis also has its unique form factor with an aluminum case, rotating display, and physical page turning that the cheaper models from Amazon still lack.
Still, hopefully Amazon will borrow a few features from the refreshed Paperwhites, like USB-C charging and wireless Qi charging of the Paperwhite Signature for the next Oasis update.
The updates come with a price increase of $ 10
The new improvements come at a cost, however: the new Paperwhite starts at $ 139 (a $ 10 increase over the 2018 model), and the Paperwhite Signature Edition starts at $ 189. These prices apply to the ad-supported models; If you get a Paperwhite with no ads, the price increases by $ 20.
Amazon is also selling a Kindlewhite Kids Edition of the new model for $ 159, which includes a Paperwhite, kid-friendly cover, a year of Amazon Kids Plus, and a two-year expanded exchange program, similar to the existing package that Amazon is offering for Amazon, the Kindle- Basic model.
Orders for the new Paperwhite models begin today, with the new e-readers expected to ship on October 27th.