Amazon has released its two latest Kindle Paperwhite e-readers, the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Paperwhite Signature. The latter model features upgrades like an auto-adjusting light sensor and, for the first time in a Kindle, wireless charging.
The new Kindle Paperwhite, which starts at $150 in Canada, boasts a larger 6.8-inch display with a thinner 10.2mm bezel on a front-flush design, adjustable warm light, and increased battery life. The 300ppis screen is glare-free for reading outdoors in direct sunlight and offers 10% more brightness at the maximum setting. Adjust the warm light as needed and use the white-on-block dark mode when reading at night.
The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition comes with an auto-adjusting front light that automatically adapts the brightness of the display based on the lighting around you so you can comfortably read in all conditions.
Both e-readers can last for up to 10 weeks per charge, which is the longest in a Kindle to date. Both can recharge using USB-C, which takes about 2.5 hours when using a 9W or larger adapter. But the Signature Edition can also be charged wirelessly using any compatible Qi wireless charger.
With an an IPX8 rating, they can withstand accidental drops in the bathtub, hot tub, pool, and ocean. The Paperwhite comes with 8 GB standard storage and the Signature edition 32 GB for storing thousands of titles.
Kindle Paperwhite comes with a redesigned Kindle interface, adding several new features for an easier and more intuitive experience. The updated Kindle experience provides an easy way to switch between the home screen, your library, or your current book, while a new library experience includes new filters and sort menus, a new collections view, and an interactive scroll bar.
A new option to get started is simplified setup on the Kindle app for iOS and Android: pair your device to your phone so you can set up in fewer steps. Settings are accessible in one swipe from wherever you are in your device, making it quick and easy to adjust features such as screen brightness, or turn on airplane or dark mode, without losing your place. These new software features will roll out through the end of the year.
You will continue to enjoy standard Kindle features, including Whispersync and Whispersync for Voice for saving your last page read; Book Covers for seeing the cover of the book you are reading on the lock screen; Word Wise for definitions above difficult words; and access to the Kindle eBook store. With Kindle Unlimited, you can get unlimited access to more than a million eBooks. Amazon Prime members can also select from a rotating selection of books as part of their membership fees.
The Kindle Paperwhite comes in black for $150 and the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is $210, also in black. Both devices are available today for pre-order, and for a limited time, they come with a free, two-month membership to Kindle Unlimited. New leather, cork, and fabric covers for the all-new Kindle Paperwhite will be available in a variety of colours. Both e-Readers will be available starting October 27.