The brand new Kindle Paperwhite has a smooth-front design. It ships Nov. 7.

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When Amazon updates its Hearth tablets and e-readers, it usually calls even minimally up to date variations “all-new.” However this time its all-new Kindle Paperwhite E Ink e-reader actually suits the invoice. It ships Nov. 7 and begins at $130 or $10 greater than the worth of the earlier Kindle Paperwhite. (The UK beginning worth stays at £120. We do not have worth and availability for Australia but.)

That 2015 mannequin shared the identical chassis as its 2013 predecessor, however the brand new Kindle Paperwhite is 10 % thinner and lighter, measuring eight.18mm thick and weighing 182 grams. The opposite main design distinction is that it does not have the raised bezel of its predecessor and as a substitute has a “flush-front” design with a again manufactured from a softer, grippy materials, not laborious plastic.

There are another adjustments. Most notably the Paperwhite is now absolutely waterproof just like the high-end Kindle Oasis and has a plastic display that Amazon says is extremely shatter-resistant and scratch-resistant. Whereas it is extra sturdy than the outdated Paperwhite and may survive small drops, worry not: Amazon will nonetheless be pleased to promote you a case to guard it — they begin at $30. 

I ran some water on the brand new Kindle Paperwhite to check out its new waterproof design.

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After taking part in round briefly with new Paperwhite, I can say that total efficiency appears similar to that of the earlier Paperwhite. It has the identical sharp 6-inch, 300 ppi touchscreen E Ink show that is readable in direct daylight. It additionally has the identical battery life: You may get round six weeks of studying on a single cost with “regular” use.

Textual content appeared crisp on the display however I did not have the earlier mannequin readily available to match the 2 screens and decide whether or not the brand new display design has any impression on distinction or transparency.

This new mannequin has 5 LEDs for lighting the display as a substitute of 4 — the LEDs are on the high of the gadget — which provides a bit brightness. However once more, I can not inform you but simply how significantly better the lighting scheme is or is not. 

The Oasis already added wi-fi Bluetooth connectivity for listening to Audible audiobooks over Bluetooth headphones or audio system, and now the Paperwhite has Bluetooth for Audible listening, too. You’ll be able to simply change between e-book and audiobook, as they sync to the purpose within the guide the place you left off, however do not anticipate to make use of the Kindle as a music or podcast participant — it is strictly for audiobooks.

Whereas Amazon does not seem to have upgraded the Paperwhite’s processor or RAM, it has upgraded the built-in storage, doubling it from 4GB to 8GB. Additionally new to the Paperwhite line are step-up fashions that characteristic 32GB of storage. That is overkill for e-books, however the area will probably be welcome for audiobook followers.

There is a new lighting scheme and residential display.

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As earlier than, you may select from 10 totally different fonts, 16 font sizes and 5 boldness settings. However what’s new is the flexibility to save lots of customized settings for your self or numerous members of your loved ones who wish to learn with totally different font sizes. On high of that, there are some preset choices to select from. The “gymnasium” setting, as an illustration, is a fast method to leap to an even bigger, bolder font. Moreover, there is a new house display that provides extra layers of Amazon suggestions primarily based in your studying habits, in addition to ideas for brand new options to strive. 

Amazon says the up to date house expertise, in addition to the flexibility to shortly save and entry studying settings, will probably be delivered as a free, over-the-air replace to the all-new Kindle Paperwhite, the sixth-gen Paperwhite (launched in 2013) and newer Kindle gadgets “within the coming weeks.”

In hand.

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No Alexa but

Amazon hasn’t managed to combine Alexa voice management right into a Kindle but, however with the marginally trimmer design, full waterproofing, Bluetooth and elevated reminiscence it is a fairly satisfying improve. The Kindle Oasis, which prices practically twice as a lot, has an even bigger, 7-inch display, however the two gadgets weigh nearly the identical and now have very related options. It makes you ponder whether the Oasis is not due for an improve — or worth drop — which may provide you with extra of a motive to purchase it past the bigger display. 

Be aware that the entry-level Kindle, which does not provide an illuminated display, stays obtainable for $80, £60 or AU$109. And if you would like a non-Amazon various, Walmart is ramping up its providing of Kobo readers, and the Barnes & Noble Nook continues to be alive, too — though it supposedly solely has a 2 % market share. 

As famous, the brand new Paperwhite begins at $130 for the Wi-Fi-only model. It jumps to $160 for the 32GB model and $190 for the 32GB model with mobile. For a restricted time, Amazon is together with six months of its subscription studying service, Kindle Limitless, free of charge (it usually prices $10 a month). The service provides you entry to 1,000,000 e-book titles and hundreds of Audible audiobooks.  

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I am going to have a full assessment shortly earlier than it ships in November. Within the meantime, this is a refresh of the important thing specs of the brand new 2018 Kindle Paperwhite:

6-inch 300 ppi E Ink show182 grams (6.four ounces)eight.18mm thickIPX8 waterproof ranking to guard towards immersion in as much as 2 meters of recent water for as much as 60 minutesDrop-resistant design with extremely shatter-resistant flush-front plastic touch-screen display display8GB of built-in reminiscence (earlier mannequin had 4GB)Step-up variations with 32GB of memoryFive-LED lighting system (earlier mannequin had 4)Bluetooth for listening to Audible audiobooks (no music streaming)Round six weeks of studying on a single cost with “regular” use (similar as earlier mannequin)$130 (£120) for the Wi-Fi-only model with Particular Provides ($10 greater than earlier mannequin)$160 (£150) for the 32GB model $190 (£220) for the 32GB model with cellularFor a restricted time, Amazon is together with six months of its subscription studying service, Kindle Limitless, free of charge (it usually prices $10 a month)


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