Amazon Introduces Next Generation of Kindle Paperwhite

With a larger display, week-long battery life, and more

The next generation of Kindle Paperwhite features a larger display, faster page turning, a week's worth of battery life, and will be out on October 27.

Amazon has introduced two new Kindle Paperwhite models—the new 8GB Paperwhite and the 32GB Signature Edition—which will be available for purchase at the end of October. The redesign is meant to make for a better overall reading experience, with Amazon listing several improvements in the official announcement.

Kindle Paperwhite


First and most importantly is the screen, itself, which has been bumped up to 6.8-inches and given smaller (10.2mm) bezels. The screen also can get about 10% brighter than previous models, if needed. There's also an adjustable warm light and the display includes a white-on-black "dark" mode. The Signature Edition is the same, except it also includes a front light that automatically can adjust brightness depending on your environment.

Both new models also offer what Amazon claims is the longest battery life for Kindle devices so far, at 10 weeks (yes, weeks). The charging itself has been upgraded as well, now using a USB-C connection that can reach a full charge in about two and a half hours. The Signature Edition also includes Qi wireless charging capabilities.

Kindle Paperwhite assortment

There's a kid-specific model, as well, which is a waterproof 11th Generation Paperwhite with a "kid friendly" cover, a year of Amazon Kids+, and a two-year warranty. This uses older hardware, sure, but it's also intended for young children and, according to Amazon at least, shaves about $100 off the total price.

You can preorder both the new Kindle Paperwhite and Paperwhite Signature Edition (and Paperwhite Kids) from Amazon today. The new Paperwhite will set you back $139.99, while the Signature Edition is $189.99. Both versions also come with four months of Kindle Unlimited for free, for a "limited time."

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