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Amazon just announced an updated version of the Kindle Paperwhite, its most popular e-reader. This is the first time Amazon has refreshed the device in three years, and it’s made some really important changes.
We’ve broken down everything you need to know about the new Kindle Paperwhite below, including details about how to order it. Preorders start today, and due to the global chip shortage stock may be limited if you don’t order one ahead of time.
When Will The New Kindle Paperwhite Come Out?
Amazon’s will release its next-generation Kindle Paperwhite on Wednesday, October 27.
How Much Will The New Kindle Paperwhite Cost?
The new Kindle Paperwhite starts at $139, which is $10 more expensive than the last-generation model.
What’s Different About The New Kindle Paperwhite?
Amazon made a few significant improvements to the Kindle Paperwhite with this new hardware revision, but the biggest one is increasing its screen size from 6-inches to 6.8-inches. That puts it more in line with Amazon’s Kindle Oasis, its highest-end e-reader, which has a 7-inch display.
The benefits of having a larger display on a Kindle are obvious: You can read more text on every digital page of your book. Amazon also improved the new Kindle Paperwhite’s screen by introducing new color temperature settings. The display can be adjusted to an amber color that’s easier on the eyes.
Finally, the new Kindle Paperwhite charges via USB-C, which replaces the Micro-USB connector used by Kindles for several years.
Does The Kindle Paperwhite Have Better Battery Life?
Yes, Amazon says it improved the new Kindle Paperwhite’s battery by 20%, and that you should expect to get 10 weeks of regular use per charge.
Can The New Kindle Paperwhite Hold More Books?
No, the new Kindle Paperwhite is available in the same 8GB and 32GB configurations as the previous generation. Each can hold hundreds of books, or a handful of audiobooks.
When Can I Order The New Kindle Paperwhite?
You can preorder the new Kindle Paperwhite starting at $139.99 right now on Amazon.com.
What Is The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition?
Amazon has announced a premium version of the Kindle Paperwhite called the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition.
This model has all the upgraded features present in the new Kiindle Paperwhite, plus support for wireless charging, a display that automatically adjusts its brightness based your room’s lighting, and a screen that’s 10% brighter overall.
The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is only available in a single configuration that’s ad-free, and equipped with 32GB of storage. This model will also be available on October 27 at the price of $189.99.
Did Amazon Announce New Kindle Accessories?
Yes, Amazon announced two new accessories along with its updated Kindle Paperwhites.
Both models are compatible with Amazon’s new leather covers (shown above), which are designed to offer full, 360-degree protection for your Kindle. The cover is available in four colors: Black, Deep Sea Blue, Lavender Haze, and Merlot.
These cases were specifically designed for this generation of Kindle Paperwhite, so they won’t fit previous versions. Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite cases cost $39.99 and will be available on October 27.
Amazon also announced a wireless charging dock for the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, which will be available on December 1, and costs $29.99. This accessory is only compatible with the Signature Edition of the Kindle Paperwhite, and cannot charge the standard version.