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Amazon has unveiled the all-new Kindle Paperwhite. This updated version of what we have previously rated as the best value Kindle money can buy, is better than its predecessor in every way. In a nutshell, it’s lighter, brighter, thinner, and more waterproof.
It should be noted that the all-new Kindle Paperwhite isn’t the first Kindle to be waterproof. The all-new Kindle Oasis beat the Paperwhite to it. However, the Oasis is double the price of the Paperwhite, so the latter is a bargain by comparison.
The All-New Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite has a refreshed design, with a flush-front six-inch, high resolution 300ppi screen and a back designed to be easier to grip. It’s just 8.18mm thick and weighs 182g, making it thinner and lighter than the previous model.
The all-new Kindle Paperwhite is IPX8 rated, which means it can withstand being immersed in up to two meters of water for up to 60 minutes. And, as an added bonus, for a limited time, Amazon is throwing in six months of Kindle Unlimited for free.
— Kindle (@AmazonKindle) October 16, 2018
Kevin Keith, Vice President of Amazon Devices, said, “Customers love the Kindle Paperwhite, and we’re excited to bring premium features—like a thinner and lighter flush-front design, additional storage, waterproofing, and Audible—to our most popular Kindle.”
The all-new Kindle Paperwhite is available to pre-order in the United States right now. The 8GB model, priced at $129.99, is set to start shipping on November 7. The 32GB model, priced at $159.99 (or $249.99 with free 3G) will follow in the coming months.
Better Value Than the Kindle Oasis
This new Paperwhite is clearly better than its predecessor in every conceivable way. And it’s only $10 more expensive. Sure, the Oasis is the best Kindle money can buy, but it has a price tag to match. Whereas the Paperwhite is within budget for most people.
If you do decide to buy the all-new Kindle Paperwhite we have a couple of articles you may be interested in reading. We’ll help you set up and use your Kindle Paperwhite, and then give you Kindle-inspired gift ideas to add to your Amazon wishlist.