Amazon Introduces New Kindles

September 7, 2012

Kindle PaperwhiteAmazon today announced two new Kindle eReaders today.  The one that will grab the most headlines is the Kindle Paperwhite which will is a replacement for the Kindle Touch.

It features a higher resolution screen (62% increase on previous Kindles) as well as more contrast and brightness for clearer and crisper text and of course an integrated light.  Unlike the usual backlit lights, the Paperwhite shines the light towards the suface of the display from above so it doesn’t shine directly into your eyes.

It reportedly has an eight week battery life even with the light on which is twice that of the Nook Glowlight.  It weighs 7.6 ounces which is slightly lighter than the Kindle Touch and has the same 9.1mm thickness.  A new feature called “Time to Read” calculates how long it will take you to read a book or chapter based on your reading speed.

The WiFi version costs $119 ($139 for the ad-free version) and $179 ($199 for the ad-free version) for the 3G version and will be available October 8.

Amazon also announced that an entry level Kindle which is available in black, boosts 15% faster page turns and is $10 cheaper than it’s predecessor.  This will available now for $69 ($89 for the ad-free version)

Expect a review as soon as it is officially available