Amazon would like to introduce you to their new frontlit e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite, whose form features are almost identical to the now discontinued Touch, but with a host of amazing improvements. The most noticeable change gives the Paperwhite its name, a high-resolution 1,024 x 768-pixel, 6-inch e-ink display that is whiter, giving better contrast that’s easier on the eyes. And when you combined this with the fact that it can now last up to eight weeks on a single charge, you’re ability to plow through a book is essentially only limited by those pesky requirements to eat and sleep. The Paperwhite also has built-in illumination for reading in the dark, using LEDs to light up evenly across the screen, and other than its lock/unlock button and USB port on the bottom, the device is touch-only. But, perhaps the neatest feature is what Amazon is calling, “Time to Read,” which displays how long the device estimates it will take you to finish a chapter or the entire book, helping you gauge if you should keep going or call it a night.
Similar to past Kindle release, the Paperwhite comes in either a $119 USD “With Special Offers” version meant for the US Market, meaning it is ad-supported, or a $139 ad-free version, as well as a range of new Leather Covers and Zip Sleeves. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-reader will launch on October 1, but is currently available for pre-order now directly from Amazon’s online store.
Release Date: October 1, 2012 (Monday)