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Amazon unveiled yesterday what they describe as "our thinnest, most advanced Kindle ever." According to the official press release, the new Kindle Voyage offers the best Paperwhite display of all Kindle e-readers released so far and also offers "reimagined page turns" - all for $199 USD.
Kindle Voyage has a 6-inch display with 300 ppi, a solid increase from the 212 ppi offered by the Kindle Paperwhite. The e-reader's screen is protected by scratch resistant glass that has also been micro-etched to match the feel of real paper and to diffuse light for an enjoyable reading experience in bright light.
The front-lighting system has not been changed, but now is 39 percent brighter than before. This system can also adapt to ambient light and adjust brightness accordingly.
Kindle Voyage does not have any physical buttons for page-flipping. The new PagePress system uses sensors placed under the bezel. Haptic feedback has been added as well.
This new e-reader comes loaded with Amazon's full suite of services and features, including Kindle Unlimited, Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, Family Library, Word Wise, Enhanced Search, and more. Customers can order it already, but shipping will start in October.
|Amazon Introduces Two All-New Kindles|
New Kindle Voyage is our thinnest, most advanced Kindle ever, with our brightest, highest resolution, and highest contrast display, plus reimagined page turns—$199
New $79 Kindle is small and light, with weeks of battery life, a 20% faster processor, twice the storage, and now with a touch interface
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 17, 2014-- (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today introduced the 7th generation of Kindle: Kindle Voyage, our most advanced e-reader ever, and the new $79 Kindle, with a 20% faster processor, twice the storage, and now with a touch interface. Meet the new Kindle and Kindle Voyage at www.amazon.com/kindle-voyage.
Kindle Voyage—Our Most Advanced E-Reader—$199“Our mission with Kindle is to make the device disappear, so you can lose yourself in the author’s world,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “Kindle Voyage is the next big step in this mission. With the thinnest design, highest resolution and highest contrast display, reimagined page turns, and all of the features that readers love about Kindle—books in seconds, no eyestrain or glare, readability in bright sunlight, and battery life measured in weeks, not hours—Kindle Voyage is crafted from the ground up for readers.”
All-New Design—The Thinnest Kindle Ever
Kindle Voyage features an all-new design, with a beautiful flush glass front and a magnesium back, so it is strong, thin, and light. At just 7.6 mm thin and weighing less than 6.4 ounces, Kindle Voyage is the thinnest device we’ve ever built, making it even easier to hold with one hand and read for hours.
Next Generation Paperwhite Display
Kindle Voyage uses a brand new Paperwhite display, with the highest resolution, highest contrast, and highest brightness of any Kindle. With 300 pixels per inch, the new Paperwhite display delivers laser-quality text and images. The exclusive flush-front display stack uses specially strengthened glass, which is designed to resist scratches. Since regular glass would create glare, the cover glass on Kindle Voyage is micro-etched in order to diffuse light, ensuring you can read easily in bright light without glare. The etching pattern on the glass also serves to match the feel of paper.
Adaptive Front Light—Our Smartest Front Light
In addition to being our brightest front light ever—39% brighter—the new adaptive front light automatically adjusts the brightness of the display based on the surrounding light. And because not everyone has the same lighting preferences, the adaptive front light can be fine-tuned to your personal preference. Also, since the human eye adjusts to darkness over time, the light you need when you start reading in the dark will seem too bright 30 minutes later—the adaptive front light slowly lowers the display’s brightness over time to match the way the eye responds to darkness.
PagePress—Reimagined Page Turns
Kindle Voyage introduces PagePress, a new way to turn pages. PagePress uses a custom-designed force sensor that sits directly under the bezel. You simply rest your thumb on the bezel and turn the page by lightly pressing. When you turn the page, Kindle Voyage delivers tactile feedback from a haptic actuator. The actuator delivers just enough vibration to let you know you turned the page, but is subtle enough that you won’t be distracted from your reading. You can personalize both the pressure level needed to trigger a page turn and the haptic feedback level.
Kindle Voyage is available with free 3G, which means you never have to hunt for or pay for a Wi-Fi hotspot—simply download and read books anytime, anywhere, in over 100 countries around the world. Amazon pays for the 3G connection, so you pay no monthly fees and sign no annual contracts.
New Origami Cover
The new origami-style cover design is inspired by the best-selling Origami covers for Fire tablets, and provides a stand for both portrait and landscape positions. Origami covers attach magnetically so they are easy to take on and off, and automatically turn your Kindle Voyage on and off when you open and close the cover. The cover is available starting at $44.99—learn more at www.amazon.com/kindle-origami.
Kindle—Now With Touch, Just $79
The all-new Kindle includes a 20% faster processor, twice the storage, and now features a touch interface and all of the latest features customers love about Kindle, including Kindle FreeTime, Goodreads, and Smart Lookup. The new Kindle is small, light, and portable—toss it in a beach bag or put it in a pocket to always have your reading with you. The new Kindle is great for anyone who’s new to e-reading:
The New Kindle Family: Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle Voyage
All Kindle e-readers feature displays that are easy to read with no glare, even in bright sunlight, have battery life that is measured in weeks rather than hours, and are lightweight and easy to hold and read on for hours. You can now choose from three different Kindle e-readers to find the one that is best for you:
All-New Reading Features for Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle Voyage
The features above will be delivered as part of a free, over-the-air software update starting later this fall.
Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle Voyage include all of the features that have made the Kindle family the best-selling e-reader in the world for seven years running:
World’s Best E-Book Store
Kindle e-readers come with instant access to the Kindle Store, which includes:
The new Kindle is available for pre-order today for $79 at www.amazon.com/kindle and will start shipping in October. The new Kindle Voyage is $199 and is available for pre-order today at www.amazon.com/kindle-voyage—it will start shipping in October.
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