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.
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 DX 9.7 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.