Amazon has launched a new entry-level Kindle, which will replace the touchscreen based model that was launched in 2014. The upgraded Kindle is now thinner, lighter and boasts a slightly more curved and rounded design. For the first time, Amazon has also launched a white variant for its entry-level Kindle. Despite the upgrades, the Kindle is still priced at Rs 5,999, and is currently up for pre-orders on Amazon India. It will start shipping from July 7.
The new Kindle weighs 161 grams, and is just 9.1mm thick. In other words, the new Kindle is 11 percent thinner and 16 percent lighter than its predecessor. But it’s not just cosmetic changes either, and there are upgrades under the hood as well. It now has twice as much memory at 512MB, which makes the e-reader snappier than before. It also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and features a battery that the company claims will last for up to four weeks.
The new Kindle also comes with the new features that were rolled out for Paperwhite and Voyage readers earlier this year. These include the ability email notes and highlights in PDF to yourself, and support for Bluetooth audio, which will help visually impaired people read books by connecting the Kindle to wireless headsets and speakers.