Amazon’s New Kindle: Thinner with a Charging Case?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the new Kindle that Jeff Bezos announced on Twitter Monday will come with:

a rechargeable protective case for extended battery life, according to a person familiar with the matter. This removable cover will allow the Kindle to be thinner than earlier devices.

And that:

Also under development is a separate Kindle case with a battery that can be charged using solar power. It is unlikely this case will be released in the immediate future, another person familiar with the matter said.

This is odd. The Kindle already has excellent battery life. If it is thinner, the battery won’t last as long, but it should still last for days, even using the backlight. It sounds a bit clunky to have to charge a case, then charge the Kindle (or, presumably, charge the Kindle if you don’t buy the case), especially if you need to do so more often. I’m not sure the Kindle needs to be much thinner; it’s already thin and light.

We’ll find out next week…

2 thoughts on “Amazon’s New Kindle: Thinner with a Charging Case?

  1. As the provided WSJ article mentions, the upcoming Kindle releases might very well be the reason for the recent drop in prices for current Amazon Kindles for Prime subscribers.

    I’m a loyal Paperwhite owner who has never looked back on leaving the Nook. Although I’ve never attempted to test the purported “weeks at a time” battery life as I spend more than a half an hour a day reading on mine. I figure that by the time mine is old enough to require charging on a daily basis I’ll be looking to replace it. I am curious as to what new features these new models will offer.

    I also noticed price drops on their top three Fire TV products (Fire stick excluded but this too may be subject to change with the announcement of Roku’s newest stick).

  2. As the provided WSJ article mentions, the upcoming Kindle releases might very well be the reason for the recent drop in prices for current Amazon Kindles for Prime subscribers.

    I’m a loyal Paperwhite owner who has never looked back on leaving the Nook. Although I’ve never attempted to test the purported “weeks at a time” battery life as I spend more than a half an hour a day reading on mine. I figure that by the time mine is old enough to require charging on a daily basis I’ll be looking to replace it. I am curious as to what new features these new models will offer.

    I also noticed price drops on their top three Fire TV products (Fire stick excluded but this too may be subject to change with the announcement of Roku’s newest stick).

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