Amazon on Wednesday launched the new version of its Kindle e-book reader with a brighter screen, higher contrast, and Wi-Fi capability built-in.
The screen on the new Kindle is the same six-inch size as previous models, but overall the device is 21 percent smaller and weighs 15 percent less. The company also announced it is doubling the capacity of the device to 3,500 books. The new Kindle uses the same E-Ink Pearl screen found on the Kindle DX (Graphite). The screen offers a 20 percent faster refresh rate over its predecessor, a tangible difference that, together with software enhancements, makes the Kindle fly through menus.
Amazon also increased the Kindle’s performance. Page turns are 20 percent faster on the new device. The difference isn’t huge but it is noticeable when you compare it side-by-side with the current Kindle.
The new e-reader comes in a couple of flavors, one with both Wi-Fi and 3G wireless for $189, and a Wi-Fi-only version that costs $139, some $10 less than Barnes & Noble’s Nook Wi-Fi. The new Kindles are available in graphite or white and ship on August 27, with Amazon taking pre-orders for both e-readers now.
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