Amazon unveils new Kindle Paperwhite with high pixel density display

Amazon overnight announced an updated version of its Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, boasting an improved 300 pixels per inch (ppi) display. The upgrade boosts the Paperwhite's display to the same resolution as the Kindle Voyage, Amazon's flagship reader, but it still trails in brightness and contrast. The Voyage's two other advantages are haptic buttons for page turning and an adaptive light sensor.

The new Paperwhite's other changes are predominantly software-based. These include a new font – Bookerly – designed for scalability, and a new typesetting engine that can automatically adjust character spacing to suit words to remove unnecessary whitespace.  

"We love inventing for readers," said AmazonCEO Jeff Bezos. "The new Kindle Paperwhite obsesses over the details that matter most to readers."

The Wi-Fi version of the Kindle Paperwhite will retail for AUD$179, while the 3G version is priced as AUD$249. Both are available for pre-order as of today via Dick Smith, and will begin shipping from June 30.

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