It typically calls even minimally updated versions “all-new” when Amazon updated it Fire tablets and e-readers.
To really fit the bill it introduced its all-new Kindle Paperwhite E Ink e-reader. Starting with the price of $130 or $10 more it is ready to be shipped on Nov. 7th.
The new Kindle Paperwhite is 10 percent thinner and lighter, measuring 8.18mm thick and weighing 182 grams, that 2015 model shared the sale chassis as its 2013 predecessor.
Instead, it has a “flush-front” design with a back made of as softer, grippy material which is not hard as plastic is the other major design different though it does not have the raised bezel of its predecessor.
Some notable changes are made. Like the high-end Kindle Oasis and which has a plastic screen which Amazon says is highly shatter-resistant and scratch resistant as most notably the Paperwhite is now fully waterproof.
Amazon will still be happy to sell you a case to protect it as they start at $30 while it is more durable than the old Paperwhite and can survive smaller drops.
The complete overview
The overall performance seems very similar to that of the previous Paperwhite after playing the sound briefly. You can have a look at the complete Kindle Paperwhite review 2018.
Being readable in direct sunlight, it has the same sharp 6-inch, 300 ppi touchscreen E Ink Display.
You will also be getting six weeks of reading on a single charge with normal use as it also has the same battery life.
Instead of four, the LEDs are at the top of the device which adds a little brightness as this model has five LEDs.
Now Paperwhite has Bluetooth for audible listening too as Oasis already added wireless Bluetooth connectivity for listening to Audiobooks over Bluetooth headphones or speakers.
As they sync to the point in the book where you left off, as you do not expect the Kindle as a music or podcast player, you can easily switch between e-book and audiobook.
It has upgraded the built-in storage, doubling it from 4 GB to 8GB while Amazon does not appear to have upgraded the Paperwhite’s processor or RAM.
Featuring 32 GB of storage, the new Paperwhite line is step-up models. Space will be welcome for audiobook fans as that is the overkill for e-books.
You can choose from 10 different fonts, 16 font sizes and five boldness settings as before, for yourself and various members of your family who like to read with the different font sizes is the ability to save the custom settings for yourself.
There are even some preset options to pick from on top of all. For instance, it is a quick way to jump to a more beige, bolder font with the gym setting.
Based on your reading habits as well as tips for new features to try from there is a new home screen which adds additional layers of Amazon which are recommended.
As a free over-the-air update to the all-new Kindle Paperwhite which is the sixth-gen Paperwhite released in 2013 and the newer Kindle devices in the coming weeks as Amazon says that the updated home experience as well as the ability to quickly save and access reading settings.
No scene of Alexa
With slightly trimmer design, full waterproofing feature, Bluetooth and increased memory which is a pretty satisfying upgrade, Amazon has not managed to integrate Alexa voice control into the Kindle.
The two devices virtually weigh the same and now have very similar features. Kindle Oasis costs nearly twice as much and has a bigger screen which is of 7-inches.
To give you more of a reason to buy it beyond the larger screen it makes you wonder whether the Oasis is not due for an upgrade or a price drop.
The new Kindle Paperwhite starts at $130 for the Wi-Fi only version as noted. The range of price jumps to $160 for the 32GB version and $250 for the 32GB version with cellular.
Six months of its subscription reading service for a limited time is included by Amazon. Kindle Unlimited which normally costs $10 a month comes for free.
To millions of eBooks titles and thousands of free Audible audiobooks, the service gives you access.
The following are the key features of the new 2018 Kindle Paperwhite:
- 6-inch 300 ppi E Ink Display.
- 4 ounces, which is 182 grams
- 18 mm thickness
- IPX8 waterproof rating to protect against immersion in up to 2 meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes
- Drop-resistant design with highly shatter-resistant flush-front plastic touch-screen screen display
- 8GB of built-in memory (previous model had 4GB)
- Step-up versions with 32GB of memory
- Five-LED lighting system (previous model had four)
- Bluetooth for listening to Audible audiobooks (no music streaming)
- Around six weeks of reading on a single charge with “normal” use (same as previous model)
- $130 (£120) for the Wi-Fi-only version with Special Offers ($10 more than previous model)
- $160 (£150) for the 32GB version
- $250 (£220) for the 32GB version with cellular
- For a limited time, Amazon is including six months of its subscription reading service, Kindle Unlimited, for free (it normally costs $10 a month)