Amazon today debuted their US$489 “Kindle DX,” a “wireless reading device” with a 9.7-inch grayscale screen. The new device joins the $359 “Kindle 2” which offers a 6-inch grayscale screen.
• Display: 9.7″ diagonal E-Ink electronic paper display, 1200 x 824 pixel resolution at 150 ppi, 16-level gray scale
• Size (in inches): 10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″
• Weight: 18.9 ounces
• Storage: 4GB internal (approximately 3.3GB available for user content)
• Battery Life: Read on a single charge for up to 4 days with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for up to two weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store and downloading content. In low coverage areas or in 1xRTT only coverage, wireless usage will consume battery power more quickly
• Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 4 hours and supports charging from your computer via the included USB 2.0 cable
• Connectivity: EVDO modem with fallback to 1xRTT; utilizes Amazon Whispernet to provide U.S wireless coverage via Sprint’s 3G high-speed data network (check wireless coverage)
• USB Port: USB 2.0 (micro-USB connector) for connection to the Kindle DX power adapter or optionally to connect to a Mac or Windows PC
• Audio: 3.5mm stereo audio jack, built-in stereo speakers
• Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), PDF, TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
• Included Accessories: Power adapter, USB 2.0 cable, battery
• Documentation: Quick Start Guide (included in box); Kindle DX User’s Guide (pre-installed on device)
• Warranty and Service: 1 year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2 year Extended Warranty sold separately
More info via Amazon here.
MacDailyNews Take: While we, as an Amazon affiliate, will be happy to take a small commission (at no extra cost to you, of course) on every Kindle DX we help sell, if you’re looking for a similarly sized tablet-like portable device upon which to read books (and very likely do much, much more) and you have limited funds set aside for such a device, we’d suggest waiting just a bit longer to see if you-know-who has something of interest up his sleeve.