While most of us would like to believe ebook readers are dead and multi-purpose devices like tablets and phablets are the way to go, the truth is there is still a market, albeit a tiny one, for dedicated ebook readers. That space is almost entirely owned by Amazon, which not only sells the ebook readers but also happens to be the world’s largest seller of ebook readers. And with the Kindle Voyage announcement today, Amazon believes there are still people out there who would spend $199 on a dedicated ebook reader.
We would like to believe Amazon as its Kindle Paperwhite has been the best ebook reader for two years running in our books. Amazon has taken the best of Kindle Paperwhite and made it even better. So we get the same front-lit e-ink display but has made it 30 percent brighter. Amazon is also introducing Adaptive Light, which essentially uses an ambient light sensor and tunes the intensity of the front light on the basis if ambient light conditions. The display itself is now much sharper with a pixel density of 300ppi and Amazon claims it has the highest contrast of all Kindles made ever.
The Kindle Voyage has a flush glass front and a new magnesium alloy back. At 7.6mm, it is the thinnest device Amazon has ever made. It is light too, weighing at approximately 180 grams, making it easy to hold for long durations of reading.
Amazon has also introduced PagePress, which are haptic sensors located under the side bezels. With this you can press on the bezel on either side to turn pages back and forth. Users can personalize the amount of pressure that will initiate the page turn. The sensor would vibrate slightly to indicate the page has been turned.
The Amazon Kindle Voyage will be available in two models – Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+3G. The Wi-Fi only model is priced at $199 while the one with 3G is priced at $269. Both variants will be available starting from October.