You don't need me to tell you that the Amazon Kindle has been an absolute sensation, easily marking itself as one of the "must have" gadgets of this generation, much like the MP3 player and smartphone. Yet it still amazes me that Amazon keep bringing out the latest models of their e-book reader, even though they aren't actually making any money on the hardware.

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If you have owned or even just used a Kindle, you know how clear the screen is, but it does have one feature that is immediately apparent, its grey. So here comes Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite, which is an illuminated edition of the Kindle and its launching later this month.

If features a capacitive touch front-lit display, which sports a tidy resolution of 1024x768, as well as the usual long battery life, crisp clear fonts and display. Of course the big feature here is the light guide technology, which is said to direct light evenly across the screen. This should offer up a whopping 25% more contrast than the old style screens. Combine this with a 62% higher resolution and it's certainly going to make for a much more pleasant reading experience overall.

The current Kindle models are fantastic as they are, I can't say I've got any complaints about its resolution of grey colours personally, but it will be interesting to see if this new one can change my mind. Will you be upgrading?

Pre-oders are already happening, but the Paperwhite will only be available in Germany, France and the UK for now. Prices range from €129 to €189 for the WiFi-only and 3G versions, UK price will be set at £109 for WiFi-only model and £169 for the 3G model.

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