- Amazon on Tuesday announced three new versions of its Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, including the Paperwhite, Paperwhite Kids Edition and Paperwhite Signature Edition.
- All models get a new processor, a larger 6.8-inch screen, 10-week battery life, warm light support, and new USB-C charging.
Amazon on Tuesday announced three new versions of its Kindle Paperwhite e-reader.
This is the first major update to Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite since 2018. There are many new features. People may not update their Kindles very often, perhaps not until the Kindle dies out completely, but there’s enough here that some people might want to swap. Kindles themselves aren’t big money-makers for Amazon compared to the rest of its business, but they do help people buy books through Amazon instead of elsewhere.
The three models include the standard Paperwhite, a Paperwhite Kids and a Paperwhite Signature Edition that adds some features on top of the other models. All three can be ordered starting Tuesday and shipped October 27th.
Note: Amazon isn’t offering cellular connectivity on these models, which means you’ll need to purchase the Kindle Oasis, which was last updated in 2019, if you can’t download books when you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection. want to do. This may be because older Kindles ran on 3G networks and wireless carriers around the world are starting to shut down as they transition to 5G.
Here’s what’s new:
new kindle paperwhite It costs $139.99 and includes a larger 6.8-inch screen, up from the previous model’s 6-inches, and smaller bezels on the sides of the screen. It offers up to 10 weeks of battery life on a charge, up from 6 weeks in earlier models, and now includes USB-C charging. It takes about 2.5 hours to get fully charged. Like the earlier model, it’s IPX8 water-resistant, so you don’t have to worry if it falls in the pool. And it has a new processor so pages turn 20% faster than before. Finally, it’s getting the warm light feature from the high-end Kindle Oasis, which lets you add an orange hue to the screen that can be easier on your eyes if you’re reading in bed.
Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition It costs $189.99 and offers the same features as the regular model but with 32GB of storage instead of 8GB, which means there’s more room for books and audiobooks. It looks similar, but supports wireless charging too, so you can drop it on any wireless charger you might already have to juice up a phone. It also has an auto-adjusting light that will dim or brighten depending on the level of ambient light in your room.
Kindle Paperwhite Kids Edition It includes the same features as the regular Paperwhite, but costs $159 and includes one year of Amazon Kids+, a kid-friendly cover, and a 2-year replacement guarantee.