New Kindle Paperwhite 2021 with a larger screen, USB-C charging function and better battery life

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The next-generation Kindle Paperwhite is available for pre-order now and ships on October 27th.

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Finally there is a new one Kindle Paperwhite. 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 Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, 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 redesigned the Kindle user interface, for the first time in five years.

The adjustable “warm” light becomes 10% brighter at the maximum setting.

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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.

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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, drops to as low as $ 71. This older model will go away with the arrival of the next generation Paperwhite.

The Kids Edition includes a cover.

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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 sale Black Fridaythat’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.

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