Amazon has released its newest model of the popular e-reader. This device comes bigger and better than before. For almost three years, Amazon hasn’t released any new models in the Kindle class. But now, they are back with a bang!
The Kindle Paperwhite is a great device for avid readers who indulge themselves in reading multiple books a month. If you’re not a fan of reading books on LCD screens, then Kindle Paperwhite is definitely not for you.
This new model has several amazing features that make it stand out from the previous kindles.
Here are some interesting facts about this new version that you need to know if you’re planning to buy one for yourself.
Kindle Paperwhite: Price and Availability
The first thing that strikes your mind when you hear about any new gadget is its price. Amazon has kept the price pretty fair for the basic model with ads which costs you $140. If you want a basic model without lock screen ads, you’ll have to pay $160. On the other hand, the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (without ads) costs you a whopping $190. The basic model comes with 8GB of storage while the Signature Edition bumps your storage to 32GB.
This new Kindle Paperwhite was launched on October 27th and is available to order on Amazon.
Kindle Paperwhite: Design and Display
After going through the price, let’s have a look at its design and display for some interesting stuff. This new version of Kindle still looks like the old Kindle we know but a little sleeker with a larger display. Both the regular version and the signature edition have 6.8-inch displays with 300 PPI.
This new Paperwhite still has a matte-black finish but with narrower bezels which makes it more attractive. This may not be the same case with other people who prefer the Amazon Kindle Oasis’ design which has a perfect side grip and page-turner buttons.
Another notable thing about the display is the auto-adjusting light with the Signature Edition, which allows you to read your paperwhite anywhere without straining your eyes. This light takes into account the surroundings for a more pleasant reading experience.
The new Kindle Paperwhite (2021) has the same IPX8 waterproof rating as the 2018 Kindle Paperwhite. This means even if you drop it in a pool of water, it will still work fine.
Kindle Paperwhite: Features
The new Paperwhite comes equipped with a more powerful processor and its page turns 20% faster. Speeding it up is useful not only for turning pages but also for navigating the store and other tasks.
Its maximum brightness level has a 10% brightness boost over the previous Kindle. It also has the ability to change the color (warmth) of the light from a bluish-white to a sepia tone, depending on your preferences.
All of your favorite features are still available. An X-Ray, for example, can provide details about a character’s background. Both devices have Bluetooth capabilities and can play Audible books. When you wish to read a book, you can download it and read it at home or on a public Wi-Fi network.
There’s also a new setup mode that lets you transmit login information via Bluetooth from the Kindle app on your smartphone, rather than having to put in your Amazon credentials and Wi-Fi password on the E Ink display.
Kindle Paperwhite: Battery Life
For some people, battery life is an important factor to consider. For this new kindle, both the basic version and the Signature edition have a battery life that lasts for 10 weeks. This means you’ll be able to use your new Kindle Paperwhite for a long time without charging it too often. For comparison, the old kindle paperwhite only lasts for six weeks on a single charge.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is also Amazon’s first Kindle to include USB-C allowing for faster charging. This means you can probably charge the Kindle with your phone or tablet charger rather than the outdated Micro-USB cable.
The Signature Edition comes with wireless charging which will cost you extra bucks. We don’t recommend spending extra money on this feature as it needs charging so rarely.
Kindle Paperwhite: Drawbacks
One thing that the new paperwhite doesn’t have when compared to previous models is its cellular option. For the high-end Kindle Oasis, cellular connectivity remains an option. Second, it’s a little more expensive than the previous model with no dedicated page-turn buttons. It also doesn’t have kindle unlimited free just like previous kindle models. Lastly, no microSD card and USB-C power charger are not included in the box.