亚马逊新Kindle将支持太阳能充电外壳

据《华尔街日报》网站报道,亚马逊公司将在下周发布新款Kindle电子书阅读器。消息人士称,这款新产品将配有两套外壳,其中之一可使用太阳能充电。消 息人士称,亚马逊将要发布的新Kindle属于高端产品,其中一种外壳支持反复充电,可以支持更长的使用时间。因为这个保护套可以移除,所以新款 Kindle比老款更薄。

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另一款外壳则支持太阳能充电。不过消息人士称,该外壳不会在近期发售。

消息人士透露,新Kindle与配套发售的前一种外壳的研发代号分别为“Whiskey”和“Soda”,而太阳能充电版外壳代号为“Sunkiss”。这些产品是亚马逊设在硅谷的硬件团队Lab126开发的。该部门还开发了虚拟助手Echo、Fire平板电脑,以及Fire机顶盒等亚马逊产品。

2007年发布的亚马逊Kindle阅读器是公司的首款消费电子产品,该产品当时的售价为400美元。在经过调价后,Kindle成为了亚马逊的标志性数码产品,先后出现了十余个版本。

亚马逊拒绝透露最新款Kindle的售价。

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WSJ: Next Amazon Kindle comes with rechargeable cases

The company is also reportedly developing a solar-powered case.

Amazon Kindles can already last for weeks on a single charge, but the upcoming "top-of-the-line" model could last even longer than that. According to The Wall Street Journal, it will come with a rechargeable protective casing for extra juice. The publication says this case allows it to be slimmer than its predecessors, which could mean that the device alone will have a battery life shorter or similar to older models. Amazon is reportedly working on a solar-powered casing, as well, though that one won't be ready in time for the new e-reader's launch next week.

Apparently, the tech behemoth has been having a hard time selling its newer Kindles, since the devices are pretty durable. People won't buy a new model that's not markedly different from their own if their device is still working perfectly, after all. Amazon is likely hoping that bundling its next e-reader with a rechargeable case will help compel potential buyers to take the plunge.

The upcoming Kindle and its protective casing were designed by the engineers at the tech behemoth's not-so-secret hardware facility, Lab 126. They gave them the codenames "Whiskey" and "Soda" and have taken to calling the solar casing "Sunkiss." Amazon formed Lab 126 years ago to conjure up the first version of its e-reader. It has developed a wide array of products since then, including the Echo speakers, the Fire phone, tabletand TV, as well as the company's quirky Dash buttons.


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