Amazon unveils new Kindle Paperwhite e-readers, including Signature and Kids Editions
What you need to know
- Amazon has announced three new Kindle Paperwhite models.
- The next-gen Kindle Paperwhite features a larger 6.8-inch glare-free display with adjustable warm light.
- All three new Kindle devices are now available to pre-order in the U.S.
Amazon announced on September 21 its all-new Kindle Paperwhite lineup, including a new Signature Edition and the first Kindle designed for kids. All three new Kindle devices come with refreshed internals that enable twenty percent faster page turns compared to the previous generation.
The all-new Kindle Paperwhite has a larger 6.8-inch display with smaller bezels and a 300 PPI pixel density. Amazon claims the display is 10% brighter than the previous-gen Kindle Paperwhite at the maximum setting. It also offers adjustable warm light and a white-on-black dark mode to make reading more comfortable.
In terms of battery life, the new Kindle Paperwhite can last up to 10 weeks on a single charge. It takes 2.5 hours for the device to be fully charged using a 9W adapter. The e-reader comes with an IPx8 rating as well.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is similar to the vanilla Kindle Paperwhite in most areas, but adds an auto-adjust front light that automatically adjusts the brightness depending on the ambient lighting. While the standard model comes with 8GB of onboard storage, the Signature Edition includes 32GB of storage. It is also Amazon's first Kindle to support wireless charging. You can use any compatible Qi wireless charger to charge the device conveniently.
Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite is priced at $140 and comes in a single 8GB variant. The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, which is Amazon's best Kindle e-reader yet, is available in 32GB for $190. Both devices are now available to pre-order and, for a limited time, you can get a free, four-month membership to Kindle Unlimited. They will start shipping on October 27 in the U.S.
The Kindle Paperwhite Kids has been "built from the ground up" for kids aged 7 and up. It comes with the same 6.8-inch glare-free display as the new Kindle Paperwhite and offers identical battery life as well. Priced at $160, the Paperwhite Kids includes a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ and a kid-friendly cover. Like the other two new Kindle models, the Kindle Paperwhite Kids is now available for pre-order and will begin shipping on October 27.
The new Kindle Paperwhite is an impressive upgrade over the previous generation, bringing a larger 6.8-inch display with adjustable warm light, USB-C charging, and up to 10 weeks of battery life. Thanks to the new hardware, it offers faster performance as well.
- $140 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition
Amazon's first Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition has a 6.8-inch display with an auto-adjusting light sensor, wireless charging support, and 32GB of onboard storage. Like the new Kindle Paperwhite, the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is made using 60% post-consumer recycled plastics and 70% recycled magnesium.
- $190 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Kindle Paperwhite Kids
The Kindle Paperwhite Kids is a "kid-friendly" version of the Kindle Paperwhite with attractive cover designs and one year of Amazon Kids+ subscription. It comes with a two-year worry-free guarantee too, which means Amazon will replace it for free if it breaks.
- $160 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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I have a 10th gen Paperwhite that's not even two years old. It's got the biggest storage capacity, wifi and internet (thank heaven I wasn't one of those who got screwed by being promised forever connectivity and then losing it) so they'd need to really explain, in detail, what would make this new model so significantly better that I would shell out $200 for it when other than turning the page a minute fraction of a second faster and holding a charge longer, When Not In Use, would make it worth that. I already turn the page brightness down so that doesn't matter to me. Bigger and better isn't always...
I'll stick with my KOBO.