New Kindle Paperwhite Is Waterproof

New Kindle Paperwhite Is Waterproof
Amazon's ebook reader can be submerged in water for up to an hour with no ill effects.

(CCM) — Owners of Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite can read ebooks anywhere thanks to a new design which makes the device waterproof.

The new Kindle Paperwhite features IPX8 waterproofing, which means it can be submerged in six feet of water for up to an hour. That makes it safe to use it in a hot tub, in a swimming pool, or at the beach.

The screen on the new device now sits flush with the front instead of slightly recessed, making the front of the device look similar to a large smartphone or tablet. It also has more LEDs for better display illumination, and the device's storage capacity has been doubled (compared to the 2015 Paperwhite model) to 8 GB on the base-level model. Another model with 32 GB of storage is available as well.

Amazon has also added support for its Audible audiobooks, which users can listen to using Bluetooth headphones or speakers.

Despite these changes the new Kindle is 23 grams lighter than the previous model, and at 8.18mm thick it is almost a millimeter thinner.

The new Kindle Paperwhite is available for pre-order now, priced from $129.99. It will be released on Nov. 7, 2018.

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