Aug. 31, 2012 at 5:31 PM ET
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) — With some major announcement coming next week from Amazon, the speculation keeps flying: New various-sized Kindle Fires? An Amazon phone? A gaming console?
Tech site The Verge 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 Verge story.
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.
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