Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just unveiled a slew of tweaked versions of its Kindle Fire tablets and a cheaper Kindle Touch at a press conference in Santa Monica, but it’s the company’s new electronic ink display e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite, that we’re seeing the most chatter about online. (Well, that and the fact that Amazon didn’t unveil that much-discussed smartphone that they’ve been busy at work on.) After the jump, we’ve compiled a very brief list of everything that you need to know about the Paperwhite. Let us know if you’re planning on grabbing one of your own in the comments!
1. The 3G version costs $179, while the Wi-Fi only model is $119. You can order one now, but it won’t ship until October 1st.
2. It’s a frontlit reader (but according to Gizmodo, “could almost pass for backlit”), with a new, highly-improved display of 212 pixels per inch (compared to a previous PPI of 169).
3. It has a capacitive touchscreen, which is not only more accurate than infrared, but also makes for a thinner device.
4. Thanks to a new feature called “Time to Read”, it can actually predict how much time it will take you to finish a chapter or an entire book based on your reading habits.
5. Even with the fancy lighting, the battery life is pretty good — about eight weeks for the average user.