If you’re thinking about splashing the cash on a Kindle Paperwhite eReader, you may want to hold fire. It seems that Amazon have accidentally outed its successor, with a post on Forum.HR providing the above landing page image revealing the device, apparently posted online too hastily by an eager Amazon employee.
Stating that the device will have a ship date of September 30, it’s an evolutionary spec-bump for the reader with the built in light.
Improvements include a 25% faster processor to speed up page turns, a “next generation” built in light, better contrast levels and tighter touchscreen accuracy. On the software side of things, a new Vocabulary Builder will make a note of words that you look up in the built-in dictionary which can then be viewed as flashcards, integration with the recently-purchased Goodreads network, and something called Kindle FreeTime which will encourage younger readers to pick up the Paperwhite by dishing out awards and achievements as they progress through books.
With this being by all accounts an unintentional leak, there has yet to be official confirmation of the device from Amazon. We’ll keep you posted.
We hailed the original Kindle Paperwhite as the best ereader on the market when it launched last year, so we’ll definitely be paying close attention to whatever Amazon have in store for September 30. Read our review of the original by clicking here.
By Gerald Lynch | September 3rd, 2013