Today in Los Angeles, Amazon announced a new brighter, sharper e-ink Paperwhite Kindle. It has a Lightguide frontlit display that features fiber optic lighting. The device runs $119 and ships Oct 1st. There is also a free 3G connected model that will run $179.
There is also a new $69 Kindle which replaces the old low-end Kindle.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that the front-lighting makes it more like ambient light than a back-lit LCD display. It’s 9.1mm thick and 7.5 ounces. The lighting doesn’t affect battery life either, as it gets 8 weeks on a charge even with the light on.
This is a direct capacitive touch screen as well, so it’s quicker to react to touch input. Every font has been adjusted to fit the display perfectly, allowing for smaller sized fonts as well.
The backlight is adjustable using an on-screen menu and appears to have many steps available to it. There is alo a new ‘Time to Read’ feature that tracks your reading speed and tells you how much time you have left to read your chapter or the book.
Here is the full spec sheet:
Over the past year and a half, Amazon has sliced $30-$50 off of its various kindle models, which start off at $79 with its basic ad-supported model. Just recently, the Kindle touch devices went out of stock, leading many to start speculating about their replacement. Amazon has been working towards making the Kindle free for some time now, using advertisements on the lock screen of the device to subsidize its very low cost.
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