Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite is one of the most popular e-readers on the market, widely appreciated by customers. The company might already be working on a successor, according to TechCrunch, which claims to have seen a prototype of the new Kindle Paperwhite that Amazon is said to release in early 2014. It is said that the new e-reader will have a high resolution display touting 330ppi or pixels-per-inch.
It is also said that the new Kindle Paperwhite will come with a few hardware improvements. The display will apparently be flushed with the edges of the e-reader and it will be constructed from “very matte glass of some sort,” and not plastic.
The switch to glass won’t affect weight though, the report adds, because the new models are said to be lighter than the existing ones. Ice Wine is reportedly the codename of the new Kindle Paperwhite, which isn’t expected to come with any major software improvements, but it is said that the software will be upscaled to fully capitalize on the high resolution display.
Amazon is also reportedly working on new typography for the e-reader which will include a custom-built font, making reading a lot easier. Some design changes have been detailed as well, the rear casing will apparently take design cues from the current Kindle Fire HDX tablets and will also come with a rear power button that’s similar to the one on the new tablets.
Last but not the least, the new Kindle Paperwhite is said to have an ambient light sensor which will automatically adjust the display’s brightness based on the light in the room. No information about pricing or availability is public at this point in time.