Thursday, 9 September 2021

New Kindle devices for 2021

 It is looking highly likely that the new version of the Kindle Paperwhite (expected this November) will have a lager screen -   Reports out of China are that the Kindle Paperwhite 5 screens are in mass production. Instead of the traditional 6 inch screen, they will instead use a 6.8 inch screen. Foxconn is assembling all of the components and doing all of the fitting and quality inspection. The one bottleneck right now is the main E INK factory in Yangzhou, eastern China, which provides the EPD screens. It has been closed due to a resurgence in COVID. The local government took strict measures to control traffic and people’s mobility, and consequently, production at the factory has decreased a great deal. In addition to reduced production, many shipments from the factory have been deferred. After the local government lifts the control, E Ink will make the most efforts to hike production and clean deferred shipments. They estimated that this will be complete in November, but I am now hearing reports they will be back to work sometime in September - the luxury flagship Kindle Oasis is also expected to have a revamp with full colour capabilities.

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