This may be the age of the smartphone and tablet, but Amazon has an e-reader user base voracious enough to merit yearly refreshes of devices like the Kindle Paperwhite. With the second generation Paperwhite about to hit its first birthday, it appears Amazon is preparing to release the 2014 edition of the glow-in-the-dark e-reader.
Earlier on Wednesday, Amazon's German and Japanese stores briefly put up information about a new version of the Paperwhite, dubbed the Kindle Voyage.
The sites appeared to be offering placeholder information, according to Cachys Blog, a German-language site that first discovered slip-up on Amazon Germany, as detailed information such as a full spec list, photographs, and other information were missing.
There was a little bit of information, however, including a note that the Voyage will offer a 6-inch display with 300 pixels per inch—the current version offers 212ppi. There will also be Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G versions as there are now.
The Japanese site (Google cache) also said the new Voyage will be the thinnest Kindle ever at 0.31 inches deep, which is slightly thinner than the current Paperwhite version's depth at 0.36 inches.
That's about all the specs that are available at this writing.
As for the apparent new name, Voyage, this could very well be the new name for the Paperwhite device. Engadget noticed that a support page on Amazon.es (Google cached) had one sentence that referred to the Kindle Paperwhite as the "Kindle Voyage."
That reference has since been changed, but it was yet another sign that Voyage is most likely the name for a new version of the Paperwhite e-reader.
The latest version of the Kindle Paperwhite began shipping on September 30, 2013.
This story, "Slimmer, higher-res Kindle Voyage e-reader leaked by Amazon" was originally published by TechHive.