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New Kindle Paperwhite hands-on, UK and US release date

The new Kindle Paperwhite 2 has been getting the hands-on treatment at IFA 2013, and this means a better look at what’s changed from the older model. For external design you won’t notice much change on the outside, although Amazon’s shiny logo is visible on the back of the 2013 Kindle Paperwhite.

Main changes for features on the new Kindle Paperwhite include a new processor that’s quoted as 25 percent faster than the previous generation, so you can expect faster page turning. The display has been upgraded with a new E-Ink panel with better lighting technology for even more brightness when required.

Amazon has delivered a few software improvements on the new Kindle Paperwhite as well, which includes Wikipedia support and a number of new apps. Two of these new apps include a slider feature for browsing chapters without leaving the page, and a flash card app for saving words you have looked up the meaning for.

Slider app on new Kindle Paperwhite
Slider app on new Kindle Paperwhite

There are a number of reasons why you would want the 2013 Kindle Paperwhite over normal tablets. These include a battery that lasts weeks rather than hours, a next-generation built-in light for improved reading without eyestrain, a very light device for reading easily with one hand and no screen glare when in bright sunlight.

New Kindle Paperwhite hands-on — below this articles you will find three quick hands-on videos that review the main features up close. In one of the videos they also hold the 2013 Kindle Paperwhite edition next to the old model, so you can see how similar the refreshed model is from a design point of view.

The new Kindle Paperwhite claimed to be best for reading
The new Kindle Paperwhite claimed to be best for reading

New Kindle Paperwhite UK and US release date — if you want to pre-order the new reading tablet then you can do so on Amazon UK, US and in a number of other countries. The release date for UK is October 9th, 2013. If you live in the USA then you will benefit from a sooner launch, which currently has a date of September 30 although after shipping starts it might take a little longer to receive the device.

The 2013 model currently has a price of $119 in the United States and £109 in the UK.

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Written by Peter Chubb

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