Amazon has announced the latest upgrade to its Kindle e-book reader.
Deemed the Kindle Paperwhite, it still uses the E-Ink technology as with previous Kindle models. With the Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon is touting 25% more contrast and better resolution with 212 PPI. The Kindle Paperwhite display is makes the whites whiter and the blacks blacker which makes it easier to read along with the better contrast and resolution.
A first for the E-Ink Kindle is that the Paperwhite includes what Amazon calls the Light Guide around the display of the Paperwhite. This is essentially a fiber optic light cable wrapped around the display to illuminate the display. They have engineered the Light Guide so that the light is directed towards the E-Ink display rather than traditional LCD display which directs the light towards the reader. The Light Guide prevents unnecessary eye strain to the reader. The Light Guide is also engineered so that the light is distributed evenly to the whole screen.
The Kindle Paperwhite is touted as having 8 weeks of usage, even with the Light Guide turned on. that’s about two months worth of reading on a single charge. The Kindle Paperwhite display is also two point multitouch-enabled with its capacitive touchscreen. All these while still being thin and light at 9.1mm thin and just 7.5 ounces. It also comes with the usual 2GB e-book storage.
The Kindle Paperwhite will come in two models, one with WiFi only for $119 (around PhP5,000) or the model with WiFi and 3G for $179 (around PhP7,500). Both will ship on October 1st in the US but it is unknown if it will also ship internationally at the same time.
And as the Kindle Paperwhite is launched, last generation Kindle has also been update with new fonts (same as what the Paperwhite is getting), crisper text and 15% faster page turns. It’s price is also now down to $69 (around PhP2880) which will ship in September 14.