updated 03:15 pm EDT, Sun August 17, 2014
Listing added for new version, reportedly increased memory from 2 to 4 GB
It appears that Amazon recently began directing consumers looking for a Kindle Paperwhite to a new version of the popular e-reader. The listing modification had occurred with what appeared to be no changes in the e-reader. As it turns out, a minor change did take place in the amount of storage that is included in the unit.
The new 2014 unit appears to be the same on the surface, with no new features compared to the previous model, as the specifications outline from the previous version show no alterations. However, it appears that the built-in storage was quietly upgraded from 2GB to 4GB, prompting Amazon to issue a new listing for the reader. Amazon confirmed to The Digital Reader and TechCrunch that the capacity had indeed been upgraded in the newest Paperwhite version.
"This is not a new products -- we've added more on-device storage to the existing Kindle Paperwhite," Amazon told the sites.
This is not the first time a Kindle product has offered more than the previous standard of storage. A version of the Paperwhite exclusive to Japan had a total of 3.1 GB of storage. Amazon has since decided to increase the amount of built-in storage in the US model as well. Cheaper productions costs tied to a price reduction in memory components is most likely the culprit.
Pricing for the Kindle Paperwhite, without 3G connectivity, remains at $139. Consumers that purchased a Paperwhite starting in mid-July are likely to have the increased memory in their units.
Buyers holding out for a new Kindle could be looking forward to a lighter and higher-pixel screen this fall, as Amazon traditionally releases new Kindle products then. Reports from TechCrunch, and later BusinessWeek, indicate that a new 300 ppi model with a glass screen called the "Ice Wine" could be coming down the pipe.