Tuesday 27 September 2016

New Kindle to be even thinner and solar recharging could be coming

Daniel Anderson

Published 06/04/2016 | 09:16

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Kindle

Amazon is set to show off a new range of Kindle e-reader devices next week and the first information suggests its going to be really, really slim

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There's a new Kindle on the way, with confirmation coming from Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos.

It's likely that this means the new device will be ready to go on sale in just a few days, kicking off the 8th generation of readers after the successful launch of the Voyage in 2014. There hasn't been any more official news from Amazon but the Wall Street Journal managed to sneak out some info about what we're going to see next week.

The biggest piece of info is that the device will ship with a case that can be recharged separately, giving you a boost when its needed most. The case will also be a way to protect the reader, with recent models becoming more fragile thanks to glass materials and a touch screen. The addition of this case will also allow Amazon to make the reader slimmer than ever before, as they can include a smaller battery.

Kindles are already very slim and small so this doesn't seem like much of an advantage, especially if comes at the expense of battery life - which has long been one of the defining aspects of the range. Still Amazon knows this market very well, and likely has plans to make this an essential purchase. There was also news of a possible solar charging case which could potentially see your Kindle lasting forever without electricity. That would be a great addition but the rumour is we won't see it announced next week.

Stay tuned for updates.

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