The wait is final over.
This week Amazon gave us details of the all-new Kindle Paperwhite which will be released on October 27, 2021.
And it’s better than I could have imagined!
For more details our Kindle Paperwhite Standard vs Signature Comparison Guide gives you clear side-by-side comparison of all the latest features.
As well as the two previous mentioned, Amazon have also upgraded Kindle Kids, which comes with access to over a thousand ebooks and a 2-year worry-free guarantee and a awesome child-friendly cover.
This put the screen size closer to Amazon's premium ereader the Kindle Oasis, which makes you think what does Amazon have in store for the Oasis?
With a new screen size comes a higher resolution, twice the resolution to be precise.
The 2021 Kindle Paperwhite has been upgraded from 167ppi (pixels per inch) to 300ppi. This makes sense as the current Kindle Oasis features the same resolution with similar screen size.
This feature was first introduced on the Kindle Oasis 2018 and I’m sure it will be a welcome for all Kindle fans for this to be available on all devices.
As predicted in our Kindle Rumors column the latest Kindle Paperwhite will have double the battery life. This upgrade is thanks to a larger battery capacity and a more power efficient processor and bluetooth device.
A single charge should last for up to 10 weeks (reading half an hour a day) compared to the current 4 weeks, and an impressive 13 weeks with wireless comms disabled.
Amazon have finally introduced USB C into the Kindle family, which brings faster charge times and data transfers which we discus at length in USB-C Kindle.
Quicker data rates will have very little effect on transferring smaller PDF or MOBI files, due to the file size of a couple of Megabytes.
Surprisingly, faster charge rates will not result in quicker charge times, due to the larger battery. Charge times will remain roughly the same as the Paperwhite (10th Gen) at approx. 2.5 hours, when using a new 9W charger or up to 5 hours when charging via a computer USB port.
A really useful feature for all you sun-goers is that Kindle 11th Gen is waterproof to IPX8.
This protects you against accidental immersion of up to 2 meters in fresh water for up to 60 minutes and a quarter of a meter in salt water. Which is handy when you’re laying by the pool.
Customers can still save themselves $20 by purchasing Kindle Paperwhite with Ads. Personally, I have not found them to be too intrusive in the past with the current version, but who knows whether this continues in this latest revision.
If this wasn’t enough, Amazon are also giving customers that purchase the all-new Kindle Paperwhite 3 months Kindle Unlimited for free. That’s a saving of $29.97.
This means access to every ebook in Amazon’s extensive Kindle library, unlimited audiobooks and a wide range of magazine subscriptions from some well-known brands such as Good Housekeeping, Elle, Popular Mechanics and New Scientist.
It looks as though Amazon are looking to differentiate between Kindle models, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what features end up on the new Kindle Oasis.
I suspect the Oasis may increase in size to compete with the likes of the 10” Kobo Eclipse and 8” Boox Nova 3.
Time will tell, but things are certainly heating up in the ereader space.