Amazon's cheapest and most basic Kindle was re-released on Thursday with a new lower price, a new black shell, and new features. There are also early reports on MobileRead about improvements to the screen, but I'm putting that down to quirks in the manufacturing process (Amazon didn't mention it , at least) and the effect of the black bezel.
Update: Apparently the firmware update was simply more misdirection from Amazon et al. The new and old K4 are running on the June update.
The K4 also got a new firmware update and which does indeed work on the gray shelled K4 which was released last fall. The update adds new font support as well as faster page turns. Amazon is also listing KF8 support as a new feature, but the K4 got that in the June update.
This is reassuring; after finding out that there was a new black Kindle 4 I wasn't completely sure if that was a new device or not. Thanks to the update Amazon posted I would say apparently not.
So has anyone tried it? I'm still in the process of charging my K4 so I can install the update, so I don't have any first hand information. What do you think?
Oh, and you can get it here: