It’s difficult to argue that there are better options in the market of e-readers than Amazon’s Kindle, which increasingly is getting nearer to the real book-reading experience (the only major hurdle remains emanating that scent). Its latest attempt is its cheapest and the whitest.
The new Amazon Kindle will be available for just $80. It is also highly compact, measuring in at 6.3 x 4.5 x 0.36 inches. It tips the scales at 161 grams.
The front of the e-book reader is covered by a 6-inch display with high-contrast display and a 167 ppi density. It is also a touchscreen and doesn’t emit any glare so your sleep cycles stay intact.
Under the hood, the new Kindle comes with twice the RAM as before (512 MB). It doesn’t have backlighting, though, as that seems to be limited to the higher end models for now. It also comes with 4 GB of storage, although there’s also free cloud storage for all online content brought from Amazon.
It allows you to export your files as either PDF or spreadsheet. To help the visually-impaired, it will support VoiceView which brings text-to-speech and the ability to turn pages. There is also support for new fonts and new homescreen layouts for a better look.
Battery life is said to last for weeks on end, if used moderately, which is about an hour a day.
Pricing is set at $80 for the base model with ads, and goes up by $20 for without them. It will be available in both Black and White, which is a first for a Kindle