You Can Now Use Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite In The Bath

Following in the footsteps of last year's Kindle Oasis, Amazon is releasing a new entry-level Kindle Paperwhite that comes with inbuilt waterproofing. You also get double the storage and a 300 ppi glare-free display. Here are the Australian specs, pricing details and release date.

If you like the idea of reading ebooks in the bath but aren't prepared to pay up to $529 for the privilege, the new-and-improved Kindle Paperwhite makes for an excellent compromise. Pricing starts at $199 - the same RRP as the old model when it launched - with pricier options for people who want 4G and more storage.

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New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite specifications

The new Kindle Paperwhite's main claim to fame is the inclusion of waterproofing (IPX8). This will allow you to keep the device immersed in up to two metres of water for 60 minutes. It also comes with twice as much storage as the previous iteration and a built-in adjustable light for nighttime reading. Here are the chief specifications:

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018)

Display Amazon's 6” Paperwhite display technology with E Ink Carta and built-in light, 300ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale.
Dimensions 167 x 116 x 8.18 mm
Weight Wi-Fi: 182g / Wi-Fi + 4G: 191g
Storage 8 GB / 32 GB
Cloud Storage Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Battery Up to six weeks
Wi-Fi 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n
Software features VoiceView screen reader (spoken feedback and text-to-speech), invert Black and White, adjust font size, font face, line spacing and margins.
Supported formats Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, PMP through conversion.
Waterproofing Waterproof (IPX8), tested to withstand immersion in 2 metres of fresh water for 60 minutes.

New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite pricing

As mentioned above, the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite starts at $199 but there a few models to choose from. Here are the details:

When you consider that the $199 version comes with Amazon cloud storage and inbuilt Wi-Fi, there's really no reason to plump for the pricier models. Apart from the smaller storage and lack of 4G, it remains identical to its pricier siblings.

New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite release date

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite will be released on November 7, 2018. You can pre-order the device from Amazon Australia now. Click here!


Comments

    No USB-C, no buy. Sorry Amazon, next time.

    That's a helluva lot of storage for books. I could understand if it was colour, A4-sized and you could have a decent comic book/graphic novel/photo book experience, but it does feel like a way of pushing up specs for sales-appeal rather than usage.

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