Amazon Kindle Paperwhite has been one of the most popular e-book readers in the country, and now, the mid-variant of the company’s Kindle hardware has updated hardware features to boot. The Paperwhite lineup now has two models – a standard, updated reader that is a direct upgrade from its predecessor, and now, a Paperwhite Signature Edition that gets additional features to give users a premium reading experience. The two e-book readers have been announced today, and finally represent smarter, newer generation designs on the products.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: price and availability
The standard edition Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is priced at Rs 13,999, while the Signature Edition costs Rs 17,999. Preorders of both the readers start today, and while the standard edition Paperwhite will ship from October 27, the Signature Edition will ship from November 4. Both the readers are being introduced in India, and should show up as product listings soon.
The standard Amazon Kindle Paperwhite features a 6.8-inch anti-glare display, with the typical textured display quality that helped the reader become so popular. It has a manually adjustable warm backlight for comfortable reading, and Amazon has announced that it has finally upgraded its ageing Kindle firmware to present a new interface. As Amazon says, “The updated experience provides an easy way to switch between the home screen, your library, or your current book, while a new library experience includes new filters and sort menus, a new collections view, and an interactive scroll bar.”
Other new features in the new Paperwhite include slimmer bezels than before, 10 weeks of battery backup, 2.5 hours to charge fully via the new USB-C port, and 8GB internal storage. In comparison, the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition adds an auto adjusting light sensor with the warm backlight, on top of 32GB internal storage for more book support. The Signature Edition reader also supports Qi wireless charging, and a compatible wireless charger can be bought separately.
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