Amazon is having a hardware event at the end of September, where they were expected to officially announce the Kindle Paperwhite 5. Good e-Reader broke the news story on the weekend, due to a number of leaked specs on the Canadian website and all of the top tech blogs reported on it. Amazon could not sit idly by, so they announced the Kindle Paperwhite 5 today, and it will be shipping out on October 27th.
The Paperwhite 5 will feature an E INK Carta HD touchscreen display with a resolution of 1430 x 1080 and 300 PPI. The Kindle Paperwhite 4, had an excellent lighting system, with 5 LED lights, but the Paperwhite 5 will have 17 white and amber LED lights, giving users the ability to get a candlelight effect. The screen is flush with the bezel, protected by a layer of glass.
Underneath the hood is a NXP/Freescale 1GHZ processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. You will be able to connect it up to your MAC or PC via USB-C. It has WIFI only and there is no cellular option. It has Bluetooth, which can be used to plugin a pair of wireless headphones or an external speaker to listen to Audible audiobooks. The dimensions are 124.6 x 174.2 x 8.1 mm and weighs 205g.
This 11th generation Kindle is available for pre-order. It retails for $139.99 with Ads and $159 without ads.
Michael Kozlowski has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.