Amazon launches Kindle Paperwhite 2021 also in ‘Signature Edition’ with wireless charging

Amazon has launched the new 11th generation (2021) model of the Kindle Paperwhite, its most popular ebook reader, alongside the Paperwhite Signature Edition and Kindle Paperwhite Kids variants. The new model combines premium hardware, faster performance and a redesigned user interface to deliver a more enjoyable reading experience. Available in Italy with prices starting at 139.99 euros, the Kindle Paperwhite 2021 features a larger display, a new adjustable warm light and longer battery life, with the ‘Signature Edition’ version adding a light sensor self-adjusting and is the first Kindle ever to offer wireless battery charging. In Italy, however, the arrival of the Kids version is not expected. Pre-orders of Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition began on September 21, 2021, with shipments starting October 27.

“Customers love the Kindle Paperwhite and we’ve worked hard to add even more premium experiences to the next generation,” said Kevin Keith, vice president of Amazon Devices and Services. “The new Kindle Paperwhite features warm light and a larger display for even greater comfort, 20% faster page turn and offers up to 10 weeks of battery life, all in a compact, waterproof design that makes it easy to enjoy a book anywhere, day or night. Now more than ever, it’s delightful to get lost in millions of books wherever you go. “

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The Kindle Paperwhite (2021) proposes a larger 6.8-inch displaythe largest ever on a Kindle Paperwhite, with smaller 10.2mm bezels. the actual dimensions are 174x125x8.1mm with a weight of about 205 grams. The display it is 300 ppi and anti-glare, to offer a readability of the text comparable to that on real paper for easy reading in all conditions, even in direct sunlight. The display offers 10% additional brightness at maximum brightness compared to the previous generation, and the light hue of the screen is adjustable from white to amber. Only the ‘Signature Edition’ version offers the front light also with automatic adjustment, which means that the device can automatically adapt the brightness of the display according to the ambient lighting to allow you to read comfortably in all conditions without forcing you to change the brightness manually.

Kindle devices last weeks on a single charge, with the new Kindle Paperwhite (2021) offering up to 10 weeks of battery life, the longest of all generations of Kindle Paperwhite. To maximize reading time, USB-C fast charging only takes 2.5 hours to fully charge when using a 9W or larger adapter. Alone the ‘Signature Edition’ version also supports wireless chargingcan be charged with any compatible Qi wireless charger (sold separately).

The Kindle Paperwhite (2021) delivers IPx8 classification, thus allowing you to read and relax on the beach, in the pool or in the bathtub without having to worry about a few drops of water on the device. In addition, the new generation e-reader is designed to withstand accidental drops. The internal memory amounts to 8GB on the standard model, while 32GB on the Signature Edition version, so there is enough space for thousands of titles, audiobooks, comics, newspapers and magazines: the supported formats are: Kindle 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unsecured MOBI, native PRC; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP (converted). The e-reader is compatible with 2.4 and 5.0 GHz WiFi networks, equipped with WEP, WPA and WPA2 security system with password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).

The new Kindle Paperwhite features a redesigned Kindle interface, which adds several new features to provide a simpler and more intuitive experience from the moment you pick up the device to start reading. The updated Kindle experience offers an easy way to switch between your home screen, your personal library, or the book you’ve started reading, while a new library experience includes new title sorting filters and menus, a new library view, and an interactive scroll bar. Also available features that are also found in previous generations, including: “Whispersync and Whispersync for Voice” which allows you to save and synchronize the last page read, bookmarks and annotations on all your devices and Kindle apps, so as to resume from where stopped on any device; “Book Covers” which allows you to see the cover of the book you are reading on the lock screen of certain Kindle devices without advertising; “Word Wise” which provides short and simple definitions that automatically appear above difficult words so you can continue reading with fewer interruptions.

The new Kindle Paperwhite, as well as the Signature Edition, have been designed with sustainability in mind and are labeled with the Climate Pledge Friendly badge. Both are constructed with 60% post-consumer recycled plastic and 70% recycled magnesium. In addition, 95% of packaging is made with wood-based materials from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources.

Prices and availability.
The Kindle Paperwhite (2021) in Italy you can buy it at the price of 139.99 euros with 8GB of memory and with advertising, while without advertising at the price of 149.99 euros. The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, with 32GB of memory and ambient light sensor and wireless charging, instead costs 189.99 euros without advertising. Both devices are available for pre-order from 21 September 2021 with shipments starting on 27 October 2021 in the case of the base model and 10 November 2021 in the case of the Signature Edition version. Alongside the Kindle Paperwhite (2021), Amazon announced the Kindle Paperwhite Kids, the first Kindle Paperwhite device designed specifically for young readers. It comes with a child-friendly case, a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids + and a 2-year warranty. However, this is not available in Italy, while in the US it is offered at a price of $ 159.99.

For those who use the Kindle app for iOS and Android devices, by the end of this year the app will be updated with a new option to start the simplified setup: just pair the device with your phone so you can do the setup in fewer steps. In addition, the settings in the updated app will be accessible with a single tap from anywhere on the screen, making it quick and easy to adjust functions such as screen brightness or activate airplane or dark mode, without losing the position of the reading.

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