New Amazon Kindle DX Coming July 7

Following the Kindle price drop and Kindle for Android, Amazon has another announcement. The new Kindle DX is coming with improved features, and a lower price.

Here are some of the key features:

  • 9.7″ high-contrast e-Ink screen
  • 4GB internal memory (3.3GB available)
  • USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
  • 3.5mm stereo audio jack and rear-mounted stereo speakers
  • Supported File Formats: Kindle (AZW), PDF, TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively (can convertHTML, DOC, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP)
  • Buy Books Once, read on Kindle, Kindle DX, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android phone, and BlackBerry
  • Whispersync saves and synchronizes your library and saves your last page read across all the devices
  • Free 3G service for downloading and syncing (available in 100 countries)
  • Books downloadable in less than a minute
  • Battery ranges from one to two weeks depending on usage/storage
  • Kindle DX is 1/3″ thin
  • New Twitter and Facebook integration
  • Built-In PDF Reader with zoom capability
  • Auto-Rotating Screen
  • Text-to-speech features can read content to you

The new Kindle DX can be purchased for $110 off the original price, running at $379. It is available for pre-order now and begins shipping on July 7.

Here’s how it stacks up against the $189 version:

Feature Kindle Kindle DX
Display 6″ E Ink 9.7″ E Ink
Size 8″ x 5.3″ x 0.36″ 10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″
Storage 1,500 books 3,500 books
Rotating Display Manual Rotation Auto-Rotation
Price $189.00 $379.00

Both devices share the following features

  • Books in Under 60 Seconds
  • Free 3G Wireless
  • Native PDF Support
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Whispersync

Considering that the new Kindle DX will immediately be compared with the iPad, it is still a little high on the price scale. It is certainly loaded with features, and has some limited html support, but it is still an e-reader. The cross-platform availability is one of the best features Kindle offers. There are enough features to really allow this device to do well, but it would do much better at a lower price. The leap from $489 was drastic. Hopefully for Amazon’s sake it was drastic enough.

This looks like a solid device. If you are in the market for a Kindle, this should suit you. The main questions are those of which size you want (6 or 9.7″), how much memory (2GB or 4GB), and what price you are willing to pay ($189 or $379). If you are comfortable paying for E-Ink when an iPad is in the same relative ballpark, go for it. I would probably wait it out myself.

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