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Initial post: Nov 24, 2013 10:03:59 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 24, 2013 10:04:47 AM PST
So, there are some new rumors of a new Kindle Paperwhite to be released in Q2 of next year. No major SW updates are expected except for a possible new custom font. The new model would use a new 300PPI screen and have a lighter design similar to the HDX. It may also have haptic feedback along the edges.

So, what do you think about the rumored changes? Do you think a next-gen Paperwhite may come out so soon?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 10:10:58 AM PST
quilt lover says:
Maybe, the K2i came out within 6 months of the k2, right?
I just looked, it was 8 months after.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 10:13:10 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I'm doubting it

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 10:41:07 AM PST
James Dunn says:
The new 300ppi matte glass display may be easier reading than the current 212ppi plastic display.

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 11:05:54 AM PST
Kribu says:
If this happens, I might actually be tempted. The current new Paperwhite didn't offer me enough reason to upgrade from my excellent first generation Paperwhite, but a considerably higher-resolution display in addition to things like pop-up footnotes would be rather difficult to resist...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 1:21:08 PM PST
Possible, but don't hold your breath while waiting for it. The PW was just upgraded, so a new upgrade of it is less likely than an upgrade of the Basic, or release of a larger Fire HDX to go up against Apple's alleged 13 inch iPad which is supposed to be out soon.

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 1:36:03 PM PST
The idea of haptic feedback on a Paperwhite seems a little silly to me. What would be the point of that?


Posted on Nov 24, 2013 4:06:43 PM PST
bookcrazy says:
I have had each kindle e-reader generation because I thought each upgrade was worth it for one reason or another. I am extremely happy with my 2nd generation paperwhite and am planning to stick with it for years to come! ........or not :)

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 8:34:09 PM PST
I just read the original article from Techcrunch. It turns out the haptic feedback is supposed to be a part physical "buttons" activated by squeezing the sides. Interesting. Supposedly they have actually seen the prototype.

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 10:01:28 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
This doesn't surprise me. I thought, when the PW2 was announced, that it seemed more like a placeholder than like "next year's model." I really expected to see something that matched the Aura in resolution; it makes some sense that instead, Amazon chose to wait until e-ink was ready to deliver screens that would give them the lead in resolution.

This sounds more like something I'd upgrade to from the PW1.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 12:36:24 AM PST
M. Ratcheson says:
Cat purrs maybe?

I agree the idea is silly. But as a cat lover it probably isn't all that far fetched.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 12:49:23 AM PST
That sounds tempting. I was surprised that the PW2 was so similar to the PW1; I imagine all the case manufacturers were equally disappointed that the form didn't change at all.

I expected to buy a PW2 but the changes were underwhelming enough that I decided to stick with my PW1. I really wanted to buy something this year -- preferably a frontlit Sony, but that obviously didn't happen. For the time being I settled for buying both a Kobo Aura and a Nook Glowlight ;)

I must say the Aura is a really cool looking device -- smaller and lighter than the PW and with glass all the way to the edge. So far it's encumbered with a bulky case but hopefully some slim, molded cases will appear on Ebay soon.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 1:05:34 AM PST
Kribu says:
I still keep being tempted by the Kobo Aura HD, because of the size... if a 6.8''-8'' Kindle Paperwhite came out, I'd jump on it in an instant.

I don't mind the 6'' size of the Kindle, which is fine for most regular reading (even though my personal preference is for a bit larger "page" size) but there are things that would look better on a larger screen.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 6:29:28 AM PST
I'd been considering an upgrade from my PW1 to a PW2 but have been on the fence because I wasn't sure the new features justified it. Now I'll certainly wait.

If the reports are true, the proposed PW3 will be a significant upgrade, with physical page-turn buttons, 300 ppi resolution, new custom fonts optimized for Kindle e-readers, sensor for auto brightness adjustment and glass screen with lighter overall weight.

The only missing feature on my wishlist is audio support but it's not that important to me. The decision to upgrade from my PW1 will be an easy one if the new features turn out to be true.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 1:33:29 PM PST
I have to say I hope there'd be an override option on any auto-brightness sensor; everyone's needs and preferences are different. Mine vary even from day to day, depending on factors like how tired my eyes are.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 2:12:31 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
Agreed. I've yet to see an auto-brightness feature that worked. Fortunately, I've also never seen one with no "off" setting.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 2:26:07 PM PST
patty1955 says:
When I posted about this earlier this morning, I was told
" I'm not who I used to be says:
Forum-visitors-said-to-be-uninterested-in-speculation. "

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 3:01:32 PM PST
flipoid says:
I was considering giving myself (well, having our kitties give me!) a Paperwhite for Christmas, but if a newer model with physical page turn buttons of some sort does appear to be in the works, I will definitely wait.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 3:29:25 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
Not by me.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 4:18:33 PM PST
Diana Berry says:
Will the price point be higher? what do you think it would run?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 4:22:40 PM PST
~nospin says:

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 4:22:51 PM PST
Diana: depends on what new features they add, plus on what the market can stand and what the competitors do, and on all the other things that affect pricing structures.

I don't think that the PW will change from its present operating system - just get new versions of it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 5:22:59 PM PST
Diana Berry says:

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 5:28:32 PM PST
TravelingGal says:
I passed on the PW2, although I was getting tempted by the cloud collections, but if the PW3 has something like a physical page turn button - and which works consistently - I'm sold. I've adjusted to the touch screen for most things but I really miss the page turn buttons.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 5:37:40 PM PST
M. Kean says:
The switch to a glass screen has me curious. If there isn't a drastic new type of screen, I'd much rather keep the plastic matte screen. I don't think the glass would be required just for great resolution. Color eink? Eink/lcd hybrid? We're not there yet, but I wish.
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