Now There’s This: Amazon’s New Kindle May Have ‘Paperwhite’ Backlit Screen

Amazon is expected to announce a backlit e-reader at its secretive press conference in Santa Monica next Wednesday

With some major announcement coming next Wednesday from Amazon, the speculation keeps flying: New various-sized Kindle Fires? An Amazon phone? A gaming console?

Here's Friday's: Tech site The Verve published photos of what it says is the online retail giant's new backlit e-reader.

While the USB port and overall aesthetic of the device appear unaltered, the supposed new Kindle Touch loses its home button below the display and has a "higher contrast, high resolution, integrated lighting and eight weeks of battery life," according to a quote in the Verve story.

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The feature, if not the device, is at least tentatively dubbed "paperwhite." The current Kindle Touch does not have a backlight and its screen is a light gray color.

The product appears to be an answer to arch rival Barnes & Noble's Simple Nook with Glowlight, introduced earlier this year.