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Amazon Kindle Voyage e-reader officially launched

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Amazon has made its new flagship e-reader, the Kindle Voyage, official.

The Kindle Paperwhite successor leaked just yesterday, but Amazon's official unveiling didn't prove to be far behind.

As expected, the Kindle Voyage features a 6-inch high-resolution 300ppi display, which is considerably sharper than the 212ppi Kindle Paperwhite's. It's also brighter than any previous Kindle, and sports the highest contrast.

All of this has been crammed into the thinnest Kindle body yet - just 7.6mm thick. It weighs just 181 grams, too.

Aiding this thinness is the fact that the Kindle Voyage's display sits flush with its bezels, with specially strengthened glass ensuring that you should still be able to put it down on a table without fear of scratches.

Of course, the move to glass raises the possibility of glare, but Amazon has headed off such a possibility by micro-etching the display so as to diffuse light. This also apparently serves to "match the feel of paper," though we'll believe that when we feel it.

The Amazon Kindle Voyage's display remains front-lit, but it's the brightest front-lighting system yet - around 39 percent brighter than before. It's smarter, too, thanks to an adaptive system that gradually lowers the brightness in the dark in keeping with the way the human eye itself adjusts in such conditions.

Amazon has done away with physical buttons for page-flipping. Rather, there's a new PagePress system that places sensors underneath the bezel. This can detect when you're squeezing it, and turn the pages accordingly. You even get haptic feedback to let you know it's been activated.

Finally, you get twice the internal storage of the previous model - a whopping 4GB.

The Kindle Voyage is available to pre-order now from the Amazon website. It will be available from November 4, and will cost £169 for the Wi-Fi-only model. If you want the free 3G model, it'll set you back £229.

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