updated 02:02 pm EDT, Thu September 6, 2012
New e-reader sports high-resolution screen
At a press event in Los Angeles today, online retail giant Amazon unveiled the newest version of its Kindle e-reader, the Kindle paperwhite. In addition to the previously rumored backlight and high-resolution screen, the new e-reader sports a few other features that weren't mentioned in leaks leading up to its release. The new device is said to feature 62 percent more pixels in its screen, and Amazon touts the technology behind the backlit display as producing light in as even a pattern as one would see with ambient light.
The Kindle paperwhite's display has a resolution of 212ppi, a large step up from previous generations of Kindle. The patented light guide system scatters light evenly across the display, making it easier to read in a variety of locales. It also features a 25 percent higher contrast ratio than previous Kindles.
Prior to the device's announcement, reports held that the addition of a backlight would lead to significant reductions in overall battery life. Amazon seems to have avoided that, though, and says the device will sport an 8-week battery life. At 9.1mm thick, the device is thinner than a magazine; at 7.5 ounces, it's lighter than a paperback novel.
The new Kindle also includes touch technology and a redesigned user interface. Titles appear in cover mode, and users can swipe between pages to view content stored on the cloud or stored locally. Users still have the ability to alter the font size in which the Kindle paperwhite will display text, but they now have the ability to change the actual font displayed.
The Kindle paperwhite is available for preorder today, and it begins shipping on October 1. It will be priced at $119. A Kindle paperwhite 3G model is also available, priced at $179. That model will retain the same free 3G access found on previous 3G Kindles. The older model of the Kindle will still be available for order. It has been slightly upgraded with a crisper display. It will be available for preorder today and shipping on September 14 for $69. [image via The Verge]