Amazon hasn't abandoned the Kindle DX after all—after giving attractive price drops to its Kindle 2 line, Amazon followed up this week with a brand new Kindle DX with a new case, new features, and a new price. The new Kindle DX now costs $379, a $110 drop from its previous $489, and it comes in a more slate-like "graphite" color instead of the traditional Kindle white.
The Kindle DX's screen size is still the same at 9.7 inches, but it sports an easier-to-read display. The new E-Ink screen comes with 50 percent better contrast so that text and images stand out even more—Amazon basically took one of the Kindle's main selling features over the iPad and made it even more pronounced.
The company made sure to highlight this difference by noting that the Kindle DX's screen looks like real paper with no glare, "unlike backlit computer or LCD screens."
These three changes are plenty to get Kindle enthusiasts excited again about the device—I woke up this morning to excited chatter among friends and colleagues about how they wanted the new DX or how they wanted the same features in the smaller Kindle 2. The new DX doesn't ship until July 7, but it looks as though Amazon will make some bold moves to compete with Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Borders after all.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Kindle DX gets better E-Ink screen, lower price