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Three new Kindle Paperwhite models have been announced by Amazon for general users, kids, and luxury buyers.
The Kindle Paperwhite is $139.99, the Paperwhite Signature Edition is $189.99, and the Paperwhite Kids is $159.99.
All three models are available for preorder now and will be generally available starting October 27.
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As if like clockwork ahead of the holiday shopping season, Amazon has unveiled three new models of its Kindle Paperwhite ereader available for preorder now and dropping on October 27.
The new versions include the straight-laced Kindle Paperwhite (8GB) for $139.99, a Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (32GB) for $189.99, and a Kindle Paperwhite Kids for $159.99. Every model will have covers, cases, and other accessories available at launch.
Every upgrade coming to all Kindle Paperwhite models
Amazon’s new, base-level Kindle Paperwhite improvements are found in every model, and they upgrade just about everything about the device inside and out. First off, the display has been made slightly larger at 6.8 inches on the diagonal – it’s largest Kindle display yet – with 10% higher brightness that’s now more adjustable in terms of color temperature, as in warm versus cool light.
Battery life within Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite models has also seen a boost to the tune of up to 10 weeks of regular use. The ereaders charge via USB-C, which takes two and a half hours to fully charge when using an adapter that charges at 9 Watts or more.
Amazon also claims to have completely redesigned the Kindle interface for these devices, namely adding easy switching between the home screen, your library, and the currently open book. Sorting through your library has been made easier as well, and setup of these new Kindles has been made simpler through an updated pairing experience in the Kindle app on iOS and Android. Amazon says these updates will come to the devices over time, via updates, through the end of this year.
Finally, each Kindle Paperwhite is designed to withstand drops into all sorts of water with an IPX8 durability rating. This Ingress Protection rating means the ereaders can withstand submersion of more than 1 meter for a brief time.
The many cover color options for Kindle Paperwhite.
Upgrades exclusive to Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition
Amazon has kept what might be the most premium upgrades it has this year for its Signature Edition model. Firstly, the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is the only one of Amazon’s lineup to feature wireless charging, compatible with any Qi charger product.
Beyond that, the Paperwhite Signature Edition includes an automatically adjusting light sensor that changes the screen brightness based on ambient light and 32GB of storage inside. That’s four times the available storage in the base model at 8GB.
Every Kindle Paperwhite 2021 model features up to 10 weeks of battery life.
The Kindle tailor-made for kids
Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite Kids features all of the important features found in the base-level Kindle Paperwhite and includes a kid-friendly case along with a two-year replacement guarantee.
Each new model also comes with an included one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which adds thousands of books to the available library. The Kids-specific interface also includes literacy-building tools, like Word Wise which quickly defines words for readers without interrupting their reading. OpenDyslexic, a special font preferred by some readers with dyslexia, is also available.
Of course, a Parent Dashboard is available on this ereader, in which parents can see reading progress as well as add more books to their library. Amazon will bring the Bedtime feature to the ereader, which can turn the device off after a certain time of night.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2021 prices and release date
All three of Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite models for 2021 are available for preorder right now on Amazon.com. The Kindle Paperwhite (8GB) costs $139.99, the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (32GB) costs $189.99, and the Kindle Paperwhite Kids is $159.99.
Each Kindle Paperwhite model that is preordered should arrive on or shortly after the October 27 release date. On October 27, each model will be available for general purchase on Amazon.com.