The next-generation Kindle Paperwhite is available for pre-order now and ships on October 27th.
Finally there is a new one. It has a bigger 6.8-inch e-ink display, USB-C charging, and some other small improvements for $ 10 more than ($ 140, $ 130, $ 239) Predecessor, last updated in 2018. the , adds wireless charging and additional storage – 32GB instead of 8GB – and an auto-adjusting light sensor for $ 190. Both models can be pre-ordered now, are completely waterproof (IPX8) and will be delivered on October 27th.
In some ways, the next-gen Paperwhite is a less fancy-looking version of the flagship Kindle Oasis ($ 250) that has a slightly larger 7-inch display. Like the Oasis and the previous Paperwhite, this new version also has a 300 ppi display, so text and images should appear with the same sharpness (Amazon calls it “laser quality text”). The automatically adapting light sensor is a function of the Oasis. So with the Signature Edition, you’re getting a Kindle with features comparable to the Oasis, plus USB-C and wireless charging, features that we think will be in the next Oasis. Unfortunately, the new Paperwhite doesn’t have any physical page-turn buttons – you still have to tap the screen to do that.
While the display of the new Paperwhite is significantly larger at 6.8 inches compared to the previous 6 inches, it weighs only around 23 grams more than the previous Paperwhite (205 g vs. 182 g). The new model also has a smaller 10.2 mm bezel.
In the maximum setting, the adjustable “warm” light has a brightness boost of 10% compared to the previous Kindle and the battery life is also improved, according to Amazon: It is now rated at up to 10 weeks. (That’s likely due to disabled Wi-Fi, we suspect.) Also, Amazon says that page turning is 20% faster, although some of those performance gains could be due to software optimization. Amazon recently, for the first time in five years.
The adjustable “warm” light becomes 10% brighter at the maximum setting.
After Amazon’s Fire tablets upgraded to USB-C charging, a lot of people have been waiting for USB-C to come into the Kindle line. Amazon says the new Paperwhite “takes 2.5 hours to reach full charge with a 9W adapter or more”. Neither the standard nor the Signature Edition Paperwhite comes with a power adapter, and you need a Qi charging pad to wirelessly charge the Signature Edition.
The new Paperwhite will also be available for the first time in a Kids Edition for $ 160. This model includes coverage, a 1-year subscription to the Amazon Kids Plus service and a 2-year worry-free warranty that allows you to replace the device free of charge in the event that it is damaged in any way.
Like its predecessor, the next-generation Kindle is completely waterproof.
Cellular connectivity remains an option for the high-end Kindle Oasis, but these new Paperwhite e-readers are Wi-Fi only. They come with a free four-month Kindle Unlimited membership, and Amazon says both models are made from 60% recycled plastic and 70% recycled magnesium. Bluetooth connectivity is available for listening to Audible audiobooks through wireless headphones or a Bluetooth speaker.
The 2018 Kindle Paperwhite has been on sale lately,. This older model will go away with the arrival of the next generation Paperwhite.
The Kids Edition includes a cover.
While the new $ 140 price tag may seem expensive, Amazon typically offers discounts on many of its electronic devices throughout the year and during the Christmas shopping season. You won’t find the new $ 71 Kindle Paperwhite anytime soon, but we’d be shocked if it wasn’t on salethat’s only a few months away. Amazon also generally offers discounts of up to 20% when trading with previous models.
Despite the slight increase in price, the new Paperwhite still looks like it is the Goldilocks model in Amazon’s range of dedicated e-readers. We’ll have a full review in the next few weeks.