Correction appended Sept. 18
Amazon is updating its Kindle line with its slimmest e-reader to date. On Wednesday, the company announced the $199 Kindle Voyage, which is 7.6 mm thick and weighs less than 6.4 oz. It will feature a higher-resolution Paperwhite display that boasts 300 pixels per inch.
The specially designed glass on the device makes the display readable in even the most glaring of sunlight and features an etching pattern so that it feels more like paper to the touch. The lighting of this high-end Kindle has also been improved, with a new adaptive front light that lowers the display’s brightness over time in a dark room, to match how the human eye adjusts to dark environments.
The Kindle Voyage will also feature a pressure-sensitive bezel that functions as a page-turning button. When pressing the outer edges of the Kindle, users will feel a small vibration as the page turns to offer a more tactile experience. Amazon says the feature will help people read for longer periods of time compared with swiping the touch screen to turn pages. Like previous fancy Kindle models, the new Voyage will also come with free 3G connectivity.
In addition to the new device, Amazon is updating its Kindle mainstays. The basic Kindle will double its storage capacity to 4 GB and feature a touch interface for the first time, at a cost of $79. The Paperwhite, Amazon’s best-selling Kindle, will also get double the storage and cost $119.
All the Kindles will come with updated software that features tighter integration with Goodreads, the book-club website that Amazon bought last year, and an expanded vocabulary-teaching functionality, among other tweaks.
The Kindles are available for preorder now and begin shipping in October.
Correction: The original version of this article misstated the day the Kindle Voyage was announced.
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