Thinking of getting a Kindle? Hold off for now, there’s a new model on the way.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted that an eighth-generation “top of the line” Kindle is coming, and stated that the company will provide more details next week. The Wall Street Journal has learned from an inside source that the new ebook reader will include a rechargeable protective case and a case that can be charged via solar power.
The rechargeable case, codenamed “Soda,” will allow the new Kindle, dubbed “Whiskey,” to be even thinner than previous iterations, while adding extended battery life. The solar-powered case is codenamed “Sunkiss,” but it likely won’t be available in the immediate future, the report claims.
Not only that, but a leak reported by Liliputing suggests that the device will include a radically different design from other Kindles, complete with buttons and an accelerometer. With the accelerometer, you’ll be able to flip the Kindle 180-degrees to use it in either your left hand or your right hand, and the buttons will appear on whichever side you want them to be. The new design will reportedly be wedge-shaped, and a little fatter on the side with the buttons.
The report also highlights that the rechargeable case may extend the battery life of the Kindle by “several months,” and that the case and device are held together via 12 magnets. The case will supposedly come in black, brown, and red, and seems to be included with the Kindle Oasis rather than available as an add-on.
Technically, there have been nine Kindles so far, ranging from the original Kindle to the most recent Kindle Paperwhite 2015, but the upcoming version seems to be a part of the “8th generation” of Kindle products.
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We rated the 2014 Kindle Voyage as the best Kindle ebook reader yet, and as the best ebook reader you can buy. The Kindle Paperwhite 2015 came second to it, so hopefully Amazon can beat expectations with the newest generation.
Amazon launched the first Kindle in 2007, so whether you’re coming from the first edition, or from the most recent one, it will be refreshing to see what the latest generation will offer.
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Recently, owners of some older Amazon Kindle models were required to install an update by March 22, otherwise they would be required to install it manually. Missing the install will leave you unable to download Kindle books from the Cloud, access the Kindle store, or use other service.
If you missed it, check out this chart in order to to find what version you need to manually update to — Kindles from 2013 and onward do not need to receive an update.
It’s unclear if the eighth-generation Kindle will launch next week, or if Amazon will only announce the device, as Bezos said only that it was “almost ready.”
Updated on 04-11-2016 by Christian de Looper: Added info about redesign and accelerometer from leak.