Rumour: Amazon's next Kindle Paperwhite will have a sharper screen and a glass body

The next generation of Amazon’s backlit e-reader will arrive in early 2014, say reports
Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon is reportedly putting the finishing touches to the design of its next Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, according to TechCrunch.

The site claims that new model will feature a much sharper E Ink screen than the current Paperwhite's display (300 ppi compared to 212 ppi). On a prototype seen by TechCrunch, the screen sits flush with the edges of the device rather than being slightly recessed as it is now, and is made of “very matte glass of some sort” rather than plastic.

The edges of the new Paperwhite will work as squeezable buttons, giving haptic feedback as you turn the pages. There’ll also be an ambient light meter that adjusts the brightness of the screen automatically, depending on the lighting conditions in the room.

Coming in 2014

There are reportedly no major software upgrades due for inclusion in the new model, but it will offer a new, custom-build typeface option that’s “great for reading”, and may allow hyphenation of long words to be performed automatically.

TechCrunch says the new Kindle Paperwhite is a few months away from launch.

[Via TechCrunch]