According to TechCrunch, it claims to have seen a prototype of the next-generation Kindle Paperwhite which is more in line with Amazon’s Kindle HDX tablets line. The new Paperwhite is reportedly codenamed “Ice Wine” and will be published next spring. But a spokesperson of Amazon only replied that “We don’t comment on rumors and speculation.” when NBC News reached out to confirm the news. Now a few hardware improvements of the new Paperwhite are summarized on the basis of what the Tech site reported.
1. Higher Resolution Display“Ice Wine” will go from a 212 ppi screen to 300 ppi and become a more serious competitor for the Kobo Aura HD which has 265 ppi.
2. Ambient Light SensorThat the light sensor is believed to be on board is an impressive-sounding automatic brightness. It can adjust the brightness of the screen, taking into account ambient conditions.
3. Glass ScreenA matte glass, instead of good ol’ plastic, will be applied to “Ice Wine”. The switch to glass has no effect on weight. “Ice Wine” is said to be lighter than its predecessor.
4. More Angular DesignThe display is flush with the front panel rather than recessed, side buttons are squeezable with haptic feedback, and the overall look will more closely resemble the Kindle HDX tablets.
5. Custom-Built FontTo further improve the reading experience, the new custom-built font is said to be specially designed, on top of hyphenation to get rid of awkward right hand margins, also making reading easier on the eyes.
There’s no major software upgrade planning for this edition and Amazon has yet to set prices for “Ice Wine”, TechCrunch reported.