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Amazon’s new Kindle could be thinnest ever, and here’s why

Details about Amazon’s upcoming ‘top of the line’ Kindle have been revealed online ahead of time.

The Wall Street Journal has posted some information about the device, which isn’t due to be officially unveiled until next week.

According to the report, Amazon will offer a new battery case for the Kindle that charges the device on the go.

It’s said that the device will be thinner than previous Kindles as a result of offloading some of the battery life burden to the new case. If this is the case however, we’d expect some consumers may be annoyed that Kindle charge is tied into an accessory, even in part.

Amazon Kindle VoyageThe Kindle Voyage (2014)

The report also notes that Amazon is working on a solar-powered case, adding that it’s “unlikely” to be revealed next week, however.

Unfortunately, the WSJ didn’t reveal its source, only citing “a person familiar with the matter”. As such, take this report with due caution.

The new Kindle was publicly outed by Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, who made the first official mention of the device on Twitter earlier this week:

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In the tweet, Bezos revealed that the new Kindle would be “top of the line”, and that it was “almost ready”.

The current top-end Amazon e-reader is the Kindle Voyage, which is part of the 7th generation of Kindle tablets. The Voyage was launched on October 21, 2014, and has a 6-inch, 300ppi e-ink display.

It’s not clear whether the new Kindle will share the Voyage branding.

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