Amazon raises the specs, cuts the price on latest Kindle DX
By Martyn Williams, Macworld
Amazon.com is keeping up the pressure on competitors in the electronic book market and will launch on July 7 a new version of its Kindle DX that features a better screen and costs $110 less than the current model.
The new Kindle DX has a 9.7-inch screen that offers 50 percent higher contrast than the current model, said Amazon. That will mean a better distinction between black and white areas of the screen and should make it easier to read. It will cost $379 and includes wireless 3G access at no extra cost.
The lower price both creates a wider gap between it and
Apple’s recently launched iPad, the cheapest model of which costs $499, and reduces the difference between it and
Sony’s Reader Daily Edition. The Sony device costs $349 but has a smaller 7.1-inch screen.
In recent weeks competition has pushed Amazon and some of its competitors to lower the price of e-readers with smaller screens.