Amazon.com has taken the wraps off a improved version of the Kindle DX, its largest ereader device with a 9.7-inch eInk display and 3G wireless capability. Amazon says the new version of the Kindle DX sports a 50 percent improvement in display contrast, meaning the unit displays clearer text and sharper images. Also appealing to consumers might be the Kindle DX’s new price tag: $379, rather than the $489 of its predecessor. It’s also got a new graphite-colored case.
“There’s no turning back once you read on our beautiful new Kindle DX screen,” said Amazon Kindle senior VP Steve Kessel, in a statement.
Aside from the color, contrast improvement, and the new pricing, however, the graphite Kindle DX bears the same specs as its pale predecessor: a 9.7-inch Eink display (viewable in sunlight), global 3G wireless so users can get new content anywhere they can get 3G signal, one week of battery life with wireless enabled (two weeks with wireless off), and a form factor less than a third of an inch thick. On the software side, everything is the same too: the Kindle DX can handle Kindle ebooks and PDF, sports Amazon’s new Facebook and Twitter capabilities, offers a text-to-speech feature, and can be used in either portrait or landscape mode.
The new graphic Kindle DX can be ordered today for $379; it starts shipping July 7.