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Amazon debuts new Kindle DX

The new Kindle DX sports an updated e-ink display

Amazon’s Kindle DX ereader has been given an upgrade. Perhaps as a response to the launch of the iPad, a second generation model of the 9.7-inch e-ink-toting DX has been unveiled, to go on sale next Wednesday, July 7 in the US.

The new Kindle DX sports an updated e-ink display, which Amazon claims offers 50 percent better contrast for clearer text and sharper image quality. Amazon also gets a dig in on the iPad by highlighting the fact that e-ink screens don’t get washed out by glare in direct sunlight.

It also retains the “free” Whispernet 3G wireless connection for browsing and downloading books, newspapers and magazines – another distinct advantage it has over the iPad.

On the looks front the old DX’s whiteness overload has been replaced by a graphite finish (much nicer, in our opinion), but otherwise looks similar.

The price has been trimmed however: at $379 (£255 at the current exchange rate), it’s quite a bit cheaper than the iPad. However, the Kindle DX is limited to displaying ebooks (no video, no apps) and its web browser isn’t a patch on the iPads – so we’re not sure it’ll tempt away potential iPad customers, unless of course the main thing they’re after is an ereader.


See our Kindle DX video review