As indicated in a leak earlier this week, Amazon is updating the Kindle Paperwhite. The fifth-gen Paperwhite (which is the first refresh in almost three years) has a larger 6.8-inch screen, compared to the previous model’s six-inch screen. The company says the 300 ppi screen is glare-free and looks like real paper, enabling ‘easy reading in all conditions, even direct sunlight’.
The screen is 10 percent brighter than the previous model with the maximum setting and there is a white-on-black dark mode. Amazon has redesigned the interface and pages are 20 percent faster. The Paperwhite has an IPX8 rating, which means it is water resistant but not dust resistant. Starting later this year, you can set up and modify the e-reader using the Kindle app on a paired iOS or Android device.
Amazon is expanding the Kindle Paperwhite range with some new devices. The Signature Edition has a light sensor that can automatically adjust the brightness of the screen depending on your environment. It’s also the first Kindle to support wireless charging (any Qi-compatible charger will do that).
There’s now a Kindle Paperwhite for kids, two years after Amazon announced the first Kindle for youngsters. The Kindle Paperwhite Kids is largely the same in design as the other two models, although there are many kid-friendly features. First of all, there is a two-year warranty without worries. If it breaks in time, Amazon will replace it.
There is support for audiobooks and Bluetooth headphones, as well as performance badges and educational tools to promote literacy skills. The children’s model, designed for readers aged seven and older, does not have internet access, nor do children accidentally make purchases. They can control the device using the parental control screen.
Kindle Paperwhite Kids has nicer color options than the other two devices, which only come in black. You can choose the usual, oil color or the patterns of Emerald Forest or Robot Dreams. You also get a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids +, which includes access to thousands of books.
Amazon says all three models will work up to 10 weeks on a single charge. The devices now support USB-C charging. With a charger of 9 W or larger, you can charge the battery within two and a half hours, says Amazon.
The $ 140 Kindle Paperwhite has 8 GB of storage. The $ 190 signature edition has 32 GB of storage, which will come in handy if you are an avid audiobook listener. Amazon is offering a limited period of four months of Kindle Unlimited access. The Kindle Paperwhite Kids meanwhile costs $ 160.
Pre-orders are now open. The company will begin delivery of the new Paperwhites on October 27th.
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