Usually, the international version of the new Kindle is being launched with some delay. Sometimes it’s a few days; sometimes you’ll need to wait a few months.
Things are getting better and better with every new launch. Just like in case of the 2nd-generation Kindle Oasis, the international version of the newest waterproof Kindle Paperwhite has been released with no delay.
What’s the thing with the international version? Isn’t it the same as the regular one?
What you have to know is that at amazon.com, the online store always offers two versions of each device, no matter whether it is a Kindle e-reader or Fire tablet:
- US version – it can be bought only by customers who live in the United States,
- International version – addressed to users who shop from abroad.
When it comes to hardware, the devices are practically the same. However, they are given different ASIN numbers (identification product numbers), so they exist as different items on Amazon – and the international version is much harder to find.
Another thing is that the international range does not include versions with special offers (which don’t make sense for foreign customers, anyway). Therefore, the prices of the entry-level variant are always higher – by the value of special ads.
We’ve searched Amazon for international versions of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 4 (2018), and we’ve found two variants:
- Kindle Paperwhite 4 International – Wi-Fi, 8 GB – this is the cheapest version of the newest Paperwhite that’s available for foreign users of Amazon US store. Its price is set at $149.99 – $20 more than the US version because it does not contain special ads,
- Kindle Paperwhite 4 International – Wi-Fi + Cellular, 32 GB – the most expensive variant features the bigger memory, and cellular connectivity. It costs the same as the US version.
The newest Kindle Paperwhite 4 sports the same proven 6-inch 1448 × 1072 px E-Ink Carta touchscreen. Besides the display, everything seems to get changed.
The biggest new thing is that the new Paperwhite is waterproof. Meeting IPX8 rating, the new e-reader can withstand immersion in 2 meters of fresh water for up to one hour.
You can use the 4th-gen Paperwhite to listen to audiobooks, just like the entry-level Kindle and Kindle Oasis. The Bluetooth chip will enable you to connect headphones or speaker, and this is a way to output Audible audiobooks.
The next improvement is about memory. The 2018 Kindle Paperwhite offers two storage options – 8 and 32 GB – giving at least twice as much space for the user than the previous-generation Paperwhite.
Keep reading to learn Kindle Paperwhite 4 International essentials.
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How to find Kindle Paperwhite International
Even if you are browsing Amazon from abroad, and have an address set in a different country, Amazon won’t recommend you the international version of any of the devices, no matter whether it is Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet, or Echo Dot smart speaker.
The easiest way to find out which variants are available for international customers is to use the search box. Try to be as specific as possible. Here are the results for a phrase: Kindle Paperwhite international version.
Kindle Paperwhite (2018 release) – tech specs
Below, you will find the full tech specifications of the all-new Kindle Paperwhite 4 (2018 release).
|Screen||6-inch E-Ink Carta touchscreen|
|Levels of gray||16|
|Front light||Yes, 5 LED lights|
|Screen resolution||1448 × 1072 pixels|
|Pixel density||300 ppi|
|Waterproof rating||IPX8 – tested to withstand immersion in 2 meters of fresh water for 60 minutes|
|Storage capacity||• 8 GB (approximately 6 GB available to the user) – thousands of books or over 35 Audible audiobooks
• 32 GB (approximately 27 GB available to the user) – thousands of books or over 160 Audible audiobooks
|Battery life||A single charge lasts up to six weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 13|
|Charge time||• 4 hours from a computer via USB
• Under 3 hours using Amazon 5W USB charger (sold separately)
|Weight||• Wi-Fi version: 6.4 oz / 182 g
• Wi-Fi + Cellular: 6.8 oz / 191 g
|Dimensions||6.6 × 4.6 × 0.3 in / 167 × 116 × 8.2 mm|
|Wi-Fi||Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)|
|Cellular||4G LTE connectivity in US where available, 3G/EDGE/GPRS in other locations; utilizes Amazon Whispernet to provide wireless coverage via AT&T’s 4G LTE high-speed data network in the U.S and AT&T partner networks outside of the U.S|
|Bluetooth||Yes – Bluetooth 4.2, 2402-2480 MHz (11.25 dBm), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from Kindle Paperwhite to your Bluetooth speakers or headphones. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported|
|Audible-ready||Yes; capable of playing both Audible audiobooks and Audible companions for Kindle ebooks. Pair with Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones|
|Accessibility features||The VoiceView screen reader, available over Bluetooth audio, enables access to the vast majority of Kindle Oasis features. Kindle Oasis also includes the ability to Invert Black and White, adjust font size, font face, line spacing and margins|
|Supported formats||• Text: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML DOC, DOCX through conversion
• Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
• Audio: Audible audio format (AAX)
|Original case covers||Yes; sold separately. Three variants to choose from: textured leather, premium leather, water-safe fabric|
|Warranty||1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year or 3-year Extended Warranty available for US customers sold separately|
|Included the box||• Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (4th generation, 2018 release)
• USB 2.0 charging cable
• Quick Start Guide
|Launch dates||• Announcement: October 16, 2018
• Pre-orders: October 16, 2018
• Release: November 7, 2018
Kindle Paperwhite 4 (2018) – product info
In the last part of this round-up, we present highlights from the Kindle Paperwhite 2018 product page on Amazon, which focus on the most important features.
Kindle Paperwhite 4th-generation, 2018 release, international version
Pack lighter, travel farther
Our thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet, with a sleek, modern design so you can read comfortably for hours. Features our signature 300 ppi, glare-free Paperwhite display, laser-quality text, and twice the storage of the previous generation. Plus a single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.
Make a splash
With the all-new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite, you’re free to read and relax in more places, including the beach, pool, or bath. Paperwhite is IPX8 rated to protect against accidental immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.
Now with Audible
Now with Audible, Kindle Paperwhite lets you switch seamlessly between reading and listening via Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones. Keep your story going whether you’re cooking, commuting, or cleared for takeoff.
Goes beyond a book
Adjust the text size and boldness and read with Kindle-exclusive fonts, hand tuned to provide maximum readability. Whispersync lets you seamlessly switch between reading and listening on your Kindle and Kindle app without losing your place (requires Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + free cellular connectivity).
Make it personal
Designed by Amazon to perfectly fit your Kindle, these slim, form-fitting covers attach securely and fold back for one-handed reading. They automatically put your Kindle to sleep when closed and wake upon opening, making it easy to get back to your story.
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