As accidentally leaked earlier, Amazon today updated the Paperwhite series of e-book readers, which are divided into three versions: Kindle Paperwhite, Paperwhite Signature Edition and Paperwhite for Kids. This is the first time the Paperwhite has been updated in the past three years, mainly to upgrade the original 6-inch display to a 6.8-inch, 300 ppi resolution. This new panel reduces reflections and looks more like real paper visually, making it easy to read in various environments including direct sunlight.
When the backlight is turned on, the new generation of Paperwhite’s backlight brightness is 10% higher than that of the previous generation, and it also provides a “dark mode” with white characters on a black background. Amazon has also redesigned the interface to make page turning 20% faster than before. Paperwhite also has IPX8 waterproof rating, which means that it can basically be soaked in water without being affected. In addition, it also uses USB-C charging. If it is a 9W or more transformer, it can be fully charged in two and a half hours. Electricity. Amazon claims that it can last up to ten weeks on a single charge.
In addition to the Kindle Paperwhite itself, the Paperwhite family has added two new members. The higher-end version is the Signature Edition. In addition to adding a light sensor that can adjust the screen brightness according to the brightness of the ambient light source, it is also the first Kindle that supports wireless charging and can be used with any compatible Qi wireless charger.
The other new member is the children’s version of Kindle Paperwhite for kids. The basic design of this model is the same as the other two models, but with the addition of audio books and Bluetooth headset support, it does not have the ability to surf the Internet. This can prevent children from shopping online on their own, but must go through the parent interface to buy books. Kindle Paperwhite for kids also has more fancy colors and patterns, including “Emerald Forest” and “Robot Dream”, plus one-year Amazon Kids+ subscription and two-year replacement product warranty.
The Kindle Paperwhite has a built-in 8GB storage space and is priced at US$140; the Signature Edition has a 32GB storage space and is priced at US$190, which seems to be more suitable for users who listen to audiobooks. Kindle Paperwhite for Kids is priced at US$160, all three are open for pre-orders and are expected to ship on October 27th. Starting later this year, Kindle will also be able to modify settings through the Kindle app on the paired iOS or Android device.