Amazon’s expected to launch a new line of Android tablets this fall. But what about the company’s black and white eReader lineup? Is there a new model in the works to replace the Kindle Paperwhite?
But there’s a good sign something’s going on in that department — Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite WiFi eReader is currently out of stock.
The Kindle Paperwhite features 6 inch, 768 x 1024 pixel display, a touchscreen, and a front-light. Prices normally start at $119 for a model with “Special Offers,” or ads on the home screen. An ad-free version typically sells for $139.
Both models are out of stock.
You can still buy a Kindle Paperwhite 3Gfor $179 and up, or a used Kindle Paperwhite for about $90.
But the fact that Amazon hasn’t restocked the Kindle Paperwhite WiFi suggests that the company may be clearing out remaining inventory to make room for a new model.
Or as Nate from The Digital Reader speculates, it’s also possible that Amazon has no plans at all to launch a new model this year. Instead the company may just be pushing its Kindle Fire tablets — although in that case, you’d think Amazon would continue to offer the Paperwhite indefinitely for folks that want longer battery life and a lighter device.
After all, there are a few other Kindle models still available — including the $239 Kindle DX9.7 inch eReader. That model’s been around for a couple of years at this point. There’s no reason Amazon couldn’t continue to offer the Kindle Paperwhite for a few more years — especially since the competition is looking a bit weak these days, which means there may not be as much need to push new models with new features every 12 months.