Amazon’s new Kindle presents twice the storage, a sharper display screen, and USB-C for $100

Amazon's newest Kindle e-reader.
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For years, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite has been the very best Kindle for most individuals to purchase, in comparison with the usual no-adjective Kindle. It was the primary to get a front-lit, high-resolution display screen; waterproofing; and USB-C… the record goes on. However as we speak, Amazon introduced a brand new $100 Kindle that features nearly all the greatest options from the most recent Paperwhite for $40 much less. The brand new gadget is out there for preorder now and might be launched on October 12.

In comparison with the previous-generation Kindle, the brand new Eleventh-generation mannequin bumps the pixel density from 167 PPI as much as 300 PPI, the identical degree as Amazon’s different Kindles. This makes textual content appreciably sharper and nicer-looking. Storage is doubled from 8GB to 16GB, not one thing you may discover for those who primarily learn textual content however extra helpful for those who hearken to a lot of audiobooks. And the micro USB charging port is gone, changed by a contemporary USB-C port that may allow you to cost the gadget utilizing the identical connector you employ for many fashionable laptops, telephones, tablets, and recreation consoles.

The brand new Kindle is $10 dearer than the one it replaces, and the value goes as much as $120 if you’d like the model with no lock display screen advertisements. A Kindle Children version with an prolonged two-year guarantee, certainly one of three colourful covers, and a one-year subscription to Amazon’s Children+ service can also be $120 (it will not present your children advertisements by default, however Amazon says it’s going to show advertisements for those who exit Kindle Children mode).

The Paperwhite does nonetheless have some vital benefits over the fundamental Kindle. The entrance gentle for its bigger 6.8-inch display screen makes use of 17 LEDs as a substitute of the Kindle’s 4 for smoother and extra uniform lighting. The colour temperature of its entrance gentle might be adjusted for those who favor a hotter look. The Paperwhite Signature Version consists of as much as 32GB of storage, an auto-brightness sensor, and wi-fi charging. And most significantly, all Paperwhite fashions are IPX8 waterproof, to be used within the bathtub, in a swimming pool, or on the seashore.

For most individuals, these enhancements are in all probability nonetheless well worth the further $40. However this improve to the fundamental Kindle brings it according to the place the Paperwhite was a few years in the past, and for individuals who wish to get monetary savings (or people who find themselves shopping for a second Kindle for a child), it is good to see it get such a major improve.

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