Amazon has announced the Kindle Paperwhite. The new 7.5 ounce tablet will feature an onboard front light to make E-ink easier to read, as well as a ton of new features and improvements. The basic version will cost $119, and the free-3G version is $179. Both are shipping today.
The Paperwhite is "thinner than a magazine," according to Amazon, and features a newly invented display that is 25 percent brighter than previous Amazon tablets, and with 62 percent more pixels. It's also got eight weeks of battery life and cloud functionality, so all of your books and other reading material will be saved for free in the cloud.
An interesting new feature for the device is a "Time to Read" app that keeps track of the speed of your reading and estimates the amount of time it will take you to finish reading a chapter or book. There's also the X-Ray "Bones of a Book" app that scans all the passages across a book for topics that may interest readers and pulls up more information on the subject with data sourced from Wikipedia
“Paperwhite is the Kindle we’ve always wanted to build—the technology didn’t exist to build a display with this level of contrast, resolution, brightness and battery life, so our engineers invented it,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO.
As you'd expect, with the announcement of Paperwhite, the prices of the current Kindles have gone down. There is now a $69 Kindle and a $79 Kindle. You can order those today, and they ship on September 15.
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