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Amazon announces a new Kindle Paperwhite

The new E-reader promises a number of improvements over its popular predecessor

It was pretty clear the Kindle Paperwhite was due for a refresh, particularly after Kobo launched the Aura last week. So it came as little surprise when Amazon posted details for its new device.

Though the retail giant hasn't publicized details about the gadget's internals, we do know the new E-reader features a 25% faster processor than it's predecessor and an improved light. Other listed improvements include a higher contrast display, better touch sensitivity, and integration of X-Ray and Wikipedia. The new battery is also apparently rated for up to two months and a feature to encourage young readers by awarding achievements (called FreeTime) is listed as “coming soon”.

By far the most common complaint about the previous Paperwhite was its uneven light. If Amazon has managed to fix that issue, it may have another big seller on its hands. The Kindle certainly has the advantage of being cheaper than the Kobo equivalent, especially if you aren't someone who's bothered by having ads on your screen.

The new Kindle Paperwhite is expected to ship on September 30th. Prices start at US$119 for the wifi only version with on-screen ads, and go up to US$189 for the 3G version.


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Craig Munro, 2013-09- 3 (Update: 2013-09- 4)