Amazon’s improved Kindle Paperwhite 2015 may prevent customers from buying Kobo Glo HD and… Kindle Voyage.
The new device is on sale from June 20, 2015. Its price is the same as the previous Kindle Paperwhite. For the cheapest version (WiFi, with special offers), you’ll pay $119.
The new model has replaced the old Kindle Paperwhite in the official range of Kindle devices on Amazon.
However, you can still buy the 2014 model in the Kindle Store. If you hope the old model gets a price cut, you are right. The price has already been reduced by $10, to $109.
Find the best Kindle cases and accessories for the basic Kindle, Paperwhite, Voyage, and Oasis. The list includes items not only from Amazon, but also Etsy, Caseable, eBay, and other sites.
Kindle Paperwhite 2015 – major changes
As usual, the updated device is called “all-new” but there are in fact only two major changes.
300 ppi high-resolution screen
The major improvement is the new display with a higher resolution. At 300 ppi (pixels per inch), it offers twice as many pixels as the earlier Kindle Paperwhite (212 ppi).
Click or tap on the image below to see how crisp are the letters on the screen.
It’s the same screen as in the top-end Kindle Voyage, with a resolution of 1440 x 1080, comparable to that in Kobo Glo HD (1448 x 1072).
Unlike in Kindle Voyage, the 2015 Kindle Paperwhite screen doesn’t have PagePress, a force sensor that reacts to a subtle increase of pressure. Also, it’s not equipped with Adaptive Light Sensor that Kindle Voyage has.
The specification of the display, along with the dimensions and shape of the Kindle Paperwhite 2015 are presented in the picture below.
New Bookerly font
The new, beautiful font was so far exclusive to few Kindle apps. The new Paperwhite is the first Kindle e-reader to have it on board.
Bookerly was designed from scratch, with a focus on optimizing reading experience on digital screens.
Besides the fact that its beauty is inspired by the best modern book fonts, Bookerly has one very down-to-earth feature – it looks good in any size on any screen.
This was achieved by improved spacing, better character placement, and page layout optimization.
The result is that no matter which font size you choose, you’ll read faster and more conveniently, with less eyestrain.
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The remaining features are basically the same. The dimensions haven’t changed, so you can use the same cover you’ve got on your current Kindle Paperwhite.
The weight, despite the change of the entire screen panel, has changed only by one gram.
Kindle Paperwhite 2015 – international launch
The big news is that Kindle Paperwhite 2015 launches on June 30 internationally as well. It’s surprising, having in mind that Kindle Voyage is still not sold globally, except localized Kindle Stores in few selected countries.
Kindle Paperwhite 2015 international sells from the US Kindle Store at $139. The price is the same as the old model.
Also, just like for U.S. customers, the price of the earlier Kindle Paperwhite was reduced for foreign customers. Now you can get it for $129, instead of
What about international Kindle Stores? The 2015 Kindle Paperwhite is available there, as well. The release date is the same: June 30, 2015.
In the Kindle Store UK, it costs £109.99. In the rest of European countries that have a localized Kindle Store, the prices start from EUR 119.99 (for the version with special offers) and EUR 129.99 (without special offers).
It has to be highlighted – and highlighted more than once – the 2015 Kindle Paperwhite is a first Kindle model that sells internationally right from the date of its launch.
Below, you’ll find the launch prices of Kindle Paperwhite 2015 in Amazon stores around the world.
Prices of Kindle Paperwhite 2015 international
|Amazon store||Country||Prices from:|
|Amazon.com||United States (model for US customers)||USD 119|
|Amazon.com||United States (model for foreign customers)||USD 139|
|Amazon.co.uk||Great Britain||GBP 109.99|
Kindle Paperwhite 2015 – reviews
Here are the most valuable excerpts from first reviews the device received in the beginning of July 2015.
Forget your iPad, the new $120 high-resolution Kindle is what you need for the beach. It looks closer to a real paper book than anything else out there.
–Joanna Stern, The Wall Street Journal / ⇢ Read the review
I’ve owned the previous Paperwhite since day one, and the new version is an immediate and noticeable improvement. Given the choice between the basic $80 Kindle, the $120 Paperwhite, and the $200 Voyage, the Paperwhite is the obvious choice. Not too hot, not too cold. Just right.
–Mario Aguilar, Gizmodo / ⇢ Read the review
The resolution upgrade is noticeable, but it’s not enough of a difference to make you want to ditch your second-generaton Paperwhite, which has an updated lighting engine.
–David Carnoy, CNET / ⇢ Read the review
The Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader for most people by a wide margin.
Unless you are incredibly finicky about the technology of your e-reader, there’s just not much reason to spend the extra $80 to get the Voyage.
–Dieter Bohn, The Verge / ⇢ Read the review
The new Kindle Paperwhite is Amazon’s best yet. Its light, easy to hold and use, while the screen one of the crispest e-paper screens I have seen. It makes reading a pleasure and I read for longer than I would normally.
–Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian / ⇢ Read the review
Kindle Paperwhite 2015 – comparisons
A high-definition screen immediately makes the new Kindle Paperwhite a direct competitor of Kobo Glo HD and Kindle Voyage.
Below, you’ll find major features compared. It should help you decide whether paying extra dollars for the Voyage is still a reasonable decision. And whether switching to Kobo for the affordable HD reading experience still makes sense.
Kindle Paperwhite 2015 vs competitors
|Feature||Kindle Paperwhite 2015||Kobo Glo HD||Kindle Voyage|
|Screen size||6 inches||6 inches||6 inches|
|Pixel density||300 ppi||300 ppi||300 ppi|
|Screen resolution||1440 x 1080||1448 x 1072||1440 x 1080|
|Weight||205 g||180 g||180 g|
|Storage||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB|
Kindle Paperwhite 2015 – pictures
Kindle Paperwhite 2015 – infographic
We summarized all the most important features of the new Kindle Paperwhite in the handy infographic. Click or tap on it to see it in full resolution.
Feel free to share the infographic in social media or on your site (Creative Commons license).
Kindle Paperwhite 2015 – product chart
Kindle Paperwhite 2015
Highest resolution e-reader display
With twice as many pixels as the previous generation, the all-new Kindle Paperwhite has an improved high-resolution 300 ppi display for crisp, laser quality text. No other e-reader offers a higher resolution display.
No glare in bright sunlight
Unlike reflective tablet and smartphone screens, Kindle Paperwhite reads like paper. Show me
Read comfortably with one hand
Lighter than a paperback, comfortably hold Kindle Paperwhite in one hand for those times when you can’t put the book down.
Charge monthly, not daily
Kindle Paperwhite won’t leave you tethered to an outlet. A single charge can last up to six weeks (based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless turned off and the light setting at ten).
Won’t tire your eyes in the dark
Kindle Paperwhite guides light toward the surface of the display with its built-in front light—unlike back-lit tablets that shine in your eyes—so you can read comfortably for hours without eyestrain. Adjust your screen’s brightness for great reading in any light.
Next-generation reading experience
The all-new Kindle Paperwhite now offers Bookerly, an exclusive font crafted from the ground up for reading on digital screens. Warm and contemporary, Bookerly is inspired by the artistry of the best fonts in modern print books, but is hand-crafted for great readability at any font size.
Lose yourself in a book
By design, Kindle Paperwhite is purpose-built for reading and creates a sanctuary so you can lose yourself in a book. Unlike tablets and phones, Kindle doesn’t distract you with social media, emails, and text messages.
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