Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

"Built-in light. Battery lasts weeks. Holds thousands of books."

Announcement / Release
October 2012
Birth Place
United States of America


The Kindle Paperwhite was announced on September 6, 2012 and released on October 1 in the United States. It has a 6 in, 212 PPI display with four built-in LEDs to illuminate the screen. It was available in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models, with the ad-supported options only intended to be available in the United States. The light is one of the main features of the Paperwhite and it has a manually adjusted light level. The 3G access restrictions are the same as the Kindle Touch, and usage of the 3G data is limited to 50 MB per month; additional data can be purchased. Battery life is advertised as up to eight weeks of reading with half an hour per day with wireless off and constant light usage; this usage equals 28 hours. The official leather cover for the Paperwhite uses the hall effect sensor in the device that detects when the cover is closed/opened to turn the screen off/on respectively. This device was the first Kindle to track one's reading speed to estimate when one will finish a chapter or book; this feature was later included with updates to the other Kindles and Kindle Fire tablets. The Kindle Paperwhite lacks physical buttons for page turning and does not perform auto-hyphenation. Except for the lock-screen/power button at its bottom, it relies solely on the touchscreen interface.

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