When Kobo announced the new Kobo Glo HD a couple months back, I suggested that Amazon was going to have to respond by making the Kindle Paperwhite a lot cheaper.
Amazon disagreed, and today they revealed that they took a different path. Amazon sent out press releases on Wednesday announcing a new Kindle Paperwhite. It is scheduled to ship at the end of June.
Amazon has made a couple changes: The 2015 Paperwhite model costs $10 more than the old model, and it has the same high-resolution Carta E-ink screen (300ppi, 1448×1072 resolution) found on the Kindle Voyage and the Kobo Glo HD. It might also have a different amount of storage (no way to tell until we get user reports), but aside from that the hardware is largely the same.
Update: I may have erred on the price. Several people have told me that the earlier model also retailed for $139. All i can say is that when I checked in April, the Paperwhite cost $129.
Both the new and old Paperwhites have a touchscreen and frontlight, and as we can see from the images on the listing page both devices look almost identical. The only visible difference I can see is that the Kindle name on the front of the 2015 model is black; it’s silver on the 2013 model sitting on my desk.
According to the press release, the two models aren’t running the same software. Amazon says that the new model will ship with Amazon’s Bookerly font. At some point in the future it’s also going to get the new hyphenation and line spacing features which Amazon announced last month.
Then again, I expect those new features will be coming to all current Kindle models at some point, including the older Paperwhite models.
So tell me, do you plan to get one?
I’m not sure it’s worth the cost of an upgrade if you have the previous Paperwhite, but as a new purchase I’d get this over the basic Kindle (it’s only $40 more). I’d also get this instead of the Kobo Glo HD. I don’t find the latter device very appealing.