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Cybercriminals Heavily Exploited Centralised Parts of DeFi: Report

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Decentralised Finance (DeFi) sector is still reliant on centralised networks, breaching which has become easier for cybercriminals over the years. In 2021, the centralised elements of the DeFi protocol were breached by cyber criminals, costing over $1.3 billion (roughly Rs. 9,606 crore) in losses, as per a report. DeFi allows financial products to appear on a public blockchain network which is not regulated by a central bank or intermediary.

In a new report, blockchain research firm CertiK said that 44 DeFi hacks were responsible for losses worth $1.3 billion (roughly Rs. 9,606 crore) last year.

The vulnerable points in the DeFi systems were those still working on regulated servers rather than on the blockchain network.

“Centralisation is antithetical to the ethos of DeFi and poses major security risks. Single points of failure can be exploited by dedicated hackers and malicious insiders alike,” the report said.

DeFi systems, majority of which are built on the Ethereum blockchain, aim to provide an autonomous and decentralised option for financial services.

The DeFi sector bagged nearly $60 billion (roughly Rs. 4,43,310 crore) by December 2021, the report said.

Recently, a study by analytics firm ImmuneFi claimed that DeFi hacks and related scams exceeded $10 billion (roughly Rs. 73,885 crore) over the past year.

However, researchers have also noted that elements of the crypto space like the DeFi sector will continue to get safer as more workload shifts from servers to blockchain networks.

The losses recorded in 2021 represented only 0.05 percent of crypto’s total market capitalisation, down 17 percent from the previous year.

The cryptocurrency market rose to a capitalisation of $3 trillion (roughly Rs. 2,15,66,720 crore), the highest it has even been so far last year.


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Moto Tab G70 Set to Debut in India on January 18: All You Need to Know

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Moto Tab G70 launch date is set for January 18. The upcoming Motorola tablet is set to debut in the Indian market during the Flipkart Big Saving Days sale. Motorola had previously revealed key specifications of Moto Tab G70, including the processor and the display resolution. The tablet will be available in both Wi-Fi as well as Wi-Fi + Cellular variants. According to images shown on a dedicated Flipkart microsite, the tablet will feature thick bezels around the 11-inch display.

The January 18 launch date of Moto Tab G70 was revealed on Flipkart, as spotted by tipster Abhishek Yadav. The pricing of the upcoming Moto Tab G70 is yet to be revealed by the company. It will be available a Modernist Teal colour option, with a two-tone design. Motorola had previously teased the specifications of the tablet on the Moto Tab G70 microsite on Flipkart, including features like Dolby Atmos support for its quad speakers.

Moto Tab G70 specifications

The upcoming Moto Tab G70 will feature a 12nm octa-core MediaTek Helio G90T processor under the hood, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The tablet will run on Android 11, according to details shared on the Flipkart microsite. The tablet will pack a 7,700mAh battery with support for 20W fast charging over USB Type-C. The tablet comes with an IP52 rating.

Moto Tab G70 is equipped with an 11-inch 2K (2,000×1,200 pixels) LCD display with a maximum brightness of 400 nits. The tablet is equipped with a single 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing selfie camera. Moto Tab G70 comes with Dolby Atmos support for its quad-speaker setup. On the connectivity front, Moto Tab G70 will be available in Wi-Fi and WiFi + Cellular options with 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.1, and a MicroSD card slot. The upcoming Moto Tab G70 measures 258.4x163x7.5mm and weighs 490 grams.


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As a writer on technology with Gadgets 360, David Delima is interested in open-source technology, cybersecurity, consumer privacy, and loves to read and write about how the Internet works. David can be contacted via email at [email protected], as well as on Twitter at @DxDavey. 
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Amazon App पर 15 हज़ार रुपये जीतने का है मौका, जानें कैसे आप भी घर बैठे बनें विजेता

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Amazon App Quiz January 12, 2022: ई-कॉमर्स प्लैटफॉर्म अमेज़न (Amazon) पर डेली ऐप क्विज़ (Daily App Quiz) का नया एडिशन शुरू हो गया है. ऑनलाइन शॉपिंग प्लेटफॉर्म Amazon आज अपने Quiz में अमेज़न पे बैलेंस (Amazon Pay Balance) पर 15,000 रुपये जीतने का मौका दे रहा है. ये क्विज़ अमेज़न के मोबाइल ऐप पर मौजूद है. जानकारी के लिए बता दें कि ये डेली क्विज़ हर दिन सुबह 8 बजे शुरू होता है और रात 12 बजे तक चलता रहता है. क्विज़ में सामान्य ज्ञान (GK) और करंट अफेयर्स के पांच सवाल होते हैं.

इस तरह के ढेर सारे इनाम जीतने के लिए आपको क्विज में पूछे गए सभी सवालों के सही जवाब देना होते हैं. क्विज़ के दौरान पूछे गए हर सवाल में चार ऑप्शन दिए जाते हैं. आज के क्विज के विजेता का नाम 12 जनवरी को घोषित किया जाएगा. उसे लकी ड्रा (lucky draw) के ज़रिए चुना जाएगा.

कैसे खेलें Quiz?
–अगर आपके फोन में Amazon App नहीं है तो क्विज़ खेलने के लिए सबसे पहले आपको इसे डाउनलोड करना होगा.

–डाउनलोड और इंस्टॉल करने के बाद आपको ये साइन इन करना होगा.

–इसके बाद ऐप ओपन करें और होम स्क्रीन को नीचे की ओर स्क्रॉल करें. जहां सबसे नीचे आपको ‘Amazon Quiz’ का बैनर मिलेगा.

हम यहां आज के क्विज के पांच सवालों और साथ ही उनके जवाब भी आपको बता रहे हैं. इसलिए जाइए खेलिए और जीतिए 15,000 Amazon Pay Balance.

सवाल 1: Which country recently announced that it would change its existing 5-day workweek to a 4.5 day week starting January 1, 2022?
जवाब 1: (A) UAE

सवाल 2: Which former South African captain announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in November 2021?
जवाब 2: (A) AB de Villiers

सवाल 3: On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which airline introduced an in-flight safety manual in braille?
जवाब 3: (D) Air Asia India

सवाल 4: Which of these animals has almost no need for this drink?
जवाब 4: (C) Kangaroo Rat

सवाल 5: What cartoon, accompanied by a collectable card game created by Kazuki Takahashi, became a huge hit in this country in 1998?
जवाब 5: (B) Yu-Gi-Oh

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Amazon Great Republic Day Sale Dates Revealed: All You Need to Know

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Amazon Great Republic Day Sale dates announced on Wednesday. The four-day sale will begin on Monday, January 17, and will last until January 20. Amazon claims that it will offer deals across smartphones, TVs, electronics, and large appliances, among others. The Amazon sale will also bring instant bank discounts and no-cost EMI options. Among other deals, the online marketplace is touted to offer up to 40 percent discounts on mobile phones and accessories as well as up to 60 percent discount on televisions.

Customers with Prime membership will get 24-hour early access to the Amazon Great Republic Day Sale starting 12am on Sunday, January 16.

The Amazon sale will offer up to 40 percent discounts on phones from brands including Apple, iQoo, OnePlus, Samsung, Tecno, and Xiaomi. There will also be up to 60 discounts on televisions from brands such as Redmi, OnePlus, Sony, Samsung, and Xiaomi and up to 70 percent off on electronics and accessories from companies including Intel, HP, Boat, Lenovo, Asus, Dell, Samsung, LG, and Sony.

Amazon also revealed that the online sale will bring up to 50 percent discount on appliances and up to 70 percent off on home and kitchen products. Further, there will be up to 40 percent discount on Amazon Combos.

To detail the deals, discounts, and offers coming under the Great Republic Day Sale, Amazon has created a dedicated webpage on its site. It shows that there will be up to Rs. 40,000 discounts on laptops, over 250 deals on headphones starting at Rs. 299, up to 50 percent discount on cameras, and up to 60 percent off on smartwatches.

The sale will bring up to 55 percent discount on video games, up to 48 percent discounts on Fire TV devices, and up to 50 percent discounts on Echo smart speakers. There will also be up to Rs. 3,400 discount on Kindle e-readers.

Customers using SBI credit cards or going with EMI transactions during the Amazon sale will get an additional 10 percent instant discount. Similarly, the sale will bring no-cost EMI on Bajaj Finserv EMI card, Amazon Pay ICICI Credit card, Amazon Pay Later, and select debit as well as credit cards. The sale will also offer exchange offers to give up to Rs. 16,000 of additional discount.

Amazon Great Republic Day Sale will bring a wide selection of products from small and medium businesses, Indian direct-to-consumer startups, neighbourhood stores, and women entrepreneurs across India including local shops from 450 cities, the company said.

Alongside the deals and discounts, the Great Republic Day Sale is claimed to enable customers to save up to Rs. 4,500 under the Pay and Shop Rewards Festival by making payments for utility bills and sending money via Amazon Pay.


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WhatsApp पर आ रहा है Voice Message से जुड़ा बेहद खास फीचर्स! जानें कैसे आएगा आपके काम

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WhatsApp अपने यूज़र्स के लिए एक से बढ़ कर एक फीचर पेश करता है, और अब इंस्टेंट मैसेजिंग सर्विस एक नए फीचर पर काम कर रहा है. वॉट्सऐप मौजूदा समय में नए फीचर की बीटा टेस्टिंग कर रहा है, जिससे एंड्रायड यूज़र्स वॉइस मैसेज (Voice Message) को बैकग्राउंड में भी सुन सकते हैं. इसका मतलब ये हुआ कि अगर आपको कोई वॉइस मैसेज आता है, और आप सुनने लगते है, फिर सुनते-सुनते दूसरी विंडो या चैट पर शिफ्ट हो जाते हैं तब भी बैकग्राउंड में वॉइस मैसेज चलता रहेगा.

WABetaInfo ने बताया कि अगर आप वॉइस नोट सुन रहे हैं और बैक कर देते हैं या दूसरी चैट पर जाते हैं तो वॉइस मैसेज नहीं बंद होगा.

रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक जब ये फीचर आ जाएगा तो यूज़र्स के लिए चीज़े काफी आसान हो जाएगी, और वह मल्टी टास्क कर सकेंगे. मौजूदा समय में जब यूज़र वॉइस नोट सुनता है, और किसी वजह से चैट से हट जाता है तो वॉइस मैसेज चलना भी बंद हो जाएगा.

(ये भी पढ़ें- यकीनन नहीं जानते होंगे Google Map की ये स्पेशल Tricks! कई काम हो जाएंगे आसान)

इसके अलावा WhatsApp ने वॉइस नोट के लिए प्लैटफॉर्म पर नया फीचर रोलआउट किया है, जिससे प्लेबैक स्पीड को कंट्रोल किया जा सकता है, और नोट का प्रीव्यू भी देख सकेंगे.

2022 में आ सकते हैं ये फीचर
इसके अलावा वॉट्सऐप के लिए उन अपडेटस के बारे में बताएंगे जो 2022 में आ सकते हैं. वॉट्सऐप फिलहाल आपको कस्टम वॉलपेपर अपने चैट बैकग्राउंड के लिए लगाने की इजाजत देता है. अब कंपनी आपको कस्टम चैट थीम डार्क एंड लाइट मोड में देने वाली है, वॉट्सऐप जल्द ही इस फीचर को रोल आउट करने वाला है.

(ये भी पढ़ें- खुशखबरी! सस्ता मिल रहा है 12GB RAM वाला OnePlus का धांसू स्मार्टफोन, मिलेगी 50W फास्ट चार्जिंग)

वॉट्सऐप जल्द ही अपने कॉम्पिटिटर टेलीग्राम की तरह ऑटो डिलीट अकाउंट का फीचर देने वाला है. इसमें अगर अपने एक तय टाइम तक आपने अकाउंट को एक्सेस नहीं किया तो आपका अकाउंट ऑटो डिलीट हो जाएगा, अभी वॉट्सऐप अकाउंट को मैन्युअली डेलीट करने  का ऑप्शन देता है.

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Alleged pricing for Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 lineup leaks

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A report from Appauls claims to know the pricing and configurations of Samsung’s entire Galaxy Tab S8 lineup. We’ve compiled all the pricing into a table below. The only devices that aren’t included in the report are the price ranges for the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra with 12GB+512GB.













Model Storage/RAM Price
Galaxy Tab S8 (Wi-Fi) 8GB + 128GB EU 680-700
Galaxy Tab S8 (Wi-Fi) 8GB + 256GB EU 830-850
Galaxy Tab S8 (5G) 8GB + 128GB EU 830-850
Galaxy Tab S8 (5G) 8GB + 256GB EU 880-900
Galaxy Tab S8+ (Wi-Fi) 8GB + 128GB EU 880-900
Galaxy Tab S8+ (Wi-Fi) 8GB + 256GB EU 930-950
Galaxy Tab S8+(5G) 8GB + 128GB EU 1040-1060
Galaxy Tab S8+(5G) 8GB + 256GB EU 1900-1110
Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (Wi-Fi) 8GB + 128GB EU 1040-1060
Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (5G) 8GB + 128GB EU 1200-1220

The Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S8+ will come in Grey, Silver, and Pink Gold options. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is mentioned to be arriving in gray, with extra color options possible for the Samsung’s top-tier flagship tablet.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

According to previous reports, the Galaxy Tab S8 will have an 11-inch screen, the Tab S8+ – a 12.4-inch screen, and the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra has a whopping 14.6-inch screen. The latter will have a notch in the display that’s houses dual front-facing cameras.

All three are expected to pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and the Ultra will have a huge 11,200mAh battery. The dual cameras on the back of the Ultra will be made up of a 13MP main camera and a 6MP ultrawide.

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HP Chromebook से लेकर Asus तक, 30 हज़ार रुपये से भी कम कीमत में आते हैं ये शानदार Laptops, देखें लिस्ट

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कोरोना महामारी में ऑनलाइन क्लास से लेकर ऑनलाइन वर्क फ्रॉम होम (work from home) का ट्रेंड काफी बढ़ गया है, और इसके लिए अब लैपटॉप (Laptop) की मांग भी बहुत बढ़ गई है. ऐसे में बजट लैपटॉप आपके लिए काफी अच्छा ऑप्शन हो सकता है. गूगल (google chrome) के क्रोम ऑपरेटिंग सिस्टम वाला लैपटॉप एक अच्छा विकल्प हो सकता है. ये लैपटॉप एंड्रायड के ज़्यादातर ऐप्स के कम्पेटिबल होते हैं. लेकिन ये लैपटॉप गेमिंग या ग्राफ़िक्स के लिए सही नहीं होते है. हम आपको इस खबर में HP, लेनोवो और आसुस सहित कुछ ब्रांड के लैपटॉप के बारे में बताएंगे जो कि 30,000 रुपये से कम कीमत में आते हैं.

HP Chromebook 11a: एचपी का क्रोमबुक 11a लैपटॉप AMD A4-9120C APU  डुअल कोर प्रोसेसर पर रन करता है और इसमें आपको 11.6-इंच HD डिस्प्ले स्क्रीन भी मिलेगा. इस लैपटॉप में आपको 4GB रैम और 32GB का इंटरनल स्टोरेज मिलता है. ये लैपटॉप क्रोम ऑपरेटिंग सिस्टम पर रन करता है. इसमें आपको स्पिल-रेसिस्टेंट बैकलिट कीबोर्ड और मल्टी-टच जेस्चर सपोर्ट वाला टचपैड भी मिलेगा. इस लैपटॉप में 47Wh की बैटरी है और ये 45W चार्जिंग को सपोर्ट करता है. इस लैपटॉप की कीमत 25,475 रुपये है.

​Lenovo Chromebook 14e
लेनोवो का ये क्रोमबुक मिलिट्री ग्रेड सर्टिफिकेशन के साथ आता है, और ये वॉटर-रेसिस्टेंट कीबोर्ड को स्पोर्ट करता है. ये लैपटॉप AMD A30115Ce प्रोसेसर द्वारा संचालित है और ChromeOS पर रन करता है. Lenovo Chromebook 14e में 14-इंच FHD डिस्प्ले है और इसमें 4GB रैम और 64GB इंटरनल स्टोरेज है. इसके ग्राफ़िक्स को एएमडी रेडियन ग्राफिक्स द्वारा कंट्रोल किया जाता है, और वीडियो कॉलिंग के लिए एक एचडी वेब कैमरा भी पैक किया जाता है. ये लैपटॉप जी-सूट इंटीग्रेशन के साथ भी आता है और कंपनी इस लैपटॉप के लिए एक बार चार्ज करने पर 10 घंटे का बैटरी बैकअप का दावा करती है. इस लैपटॉप की कीमत 24,990 रुपये है.

Asus Chromebook Flip
आसुस का लैपटॉप क्रोमबुक फ्लिप 360-डिग्री कन्वर्टिबल टच-स्क्रीन डिस्प्ले के साथ आता है, ऑटोफोकस के साथ इसमें डुअल कैमरा भी है. ये लैपटॉप भी मिलिट्री-ग्रेड ड्यूरेबिलिटी सर्टिफिकेशन के साथ आता है. इसमें 4GB रैम और 64GB इंटरनल स्टोरेज दिया गया है. ये लैपटॉप क्रोम OS पर चलता है और कंपनी एक बार चार्ज होने पर इसे 10 घंटे तक का बैटरी बैकअप देने का दावा करती है. इस लैपटॉप की कीमत 24,999 रुपये है.

​Acer Chromebook 311 C733-C5A
एसर क्रोमबुक इंटेल सेलेरॉन डुअल-कोर एन4020 प्रोसेसर पर रन होता है और क्रोमOS बेस्ड है. इस लैपटॉप में 4GB रैम और 32GB इंटरनल स्टोरेज है. इसमें 11.6 इंच का डिस्प्ले है और ग्राफिक्स को इंटेल यूएचडी ग्राफिक्स 600 द्वारा कंट्रोल किया जाता है. कंपनी इस लैपटॉप को एक बार चार्ज करने पर 12.5 घंटे की बैटरी लाइफ को बढ़ाने का दावा करती है. इस लैपटॉप की कीमत 23,990 रुपये है.

HP Chromebook MediaTek MT8183
एचपी का ये लैपटॉप, क्रोमबुक मीडियाटेक प्रोसेसर द्वारा संचालित है और ये क्रोमओएस पर रन होता है. लैपटॉप 11.6 इंच के डिस्प्ले के साथ आता है और इसमें 4GB रैम और 64GB इंटरनल स्टोरेज दिया गया है. इस लैपटॉप के लिए कंपनी एक बार चार्ज करने पर 12 घंटे का बैटरी बैकअप देने का दावा करती है. ये गूगल असिस्टेंट सपोर्ट के साथ आता है. इस लैपटॉप की कीमत 23,490 रुपये है.

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The Honor Magic V is unveiled as the thinnest foldable smartphone

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The Honor Magic V has been unveiled as the thinnest foldable smartphone. The device measures 6.7 mm in depth when unfolded and 14.3 mm when folded. The other dimensions also speak of a compact body with a height of 160.4 mm and an unfolded width of 141.1 mm and folded width of 72.7 mm. The model has a Gloss Black and a Titanium Empty Silver variant (literally translated from Chinese) with a glass rear shell. These weigh 293 g. The plain leather version is in Burning Orange color and weighs 288 g.

As for the display, the Honor Magic V features a 6.45-inch OLED external nano-microcrystalline screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2560 pixels and a 120Hz refresh rate. The inner flexible OLED display has a 7.9-inch diagonal size, a resolution of 2274 x 1984 pixels, and a 90Hz refresh rate. Both screens support 10-bit color bit depth and cover the DCI-P3 wide color gamut. A 4750 mAh Li-Pol battery powers the smartphone supporting 66W fast charging.

Processing power is based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset with a 3GHz octa-core CPU and an Adreno 730 GPU. It is paired with 12GB of LPDDR RAM and 256GB or 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The chipset enables dual 5G connectivity and supports Bluetooth 5.2, infrared remote control functionality, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 2×2 MIMO, HE160, 4096 QAM, etc. The device is fitted with a USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 port with DisplayPort Alt Mode and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. No headphone jack.

In terms of camera capabilities, on the front, a 42MP selfie camera sits with an f/2.4 aperture. It shoots photos with a resolution of 7552 x 5664 pixels and 4K videos at 30 fps with EIS. It also supports 2D face recognition. On the back, there are three cameras. The main one is fitted with a 50MP sensor and an f/1.9 lens capable of shooting 4K videos with EIS. It is adjoined by a 50MP spectrally enhanced camera with an f/2.0 lens and a 50MP ultra-wide unit with an f/2.2 aperture. None of the shooters is optically stabilized.

Finally, the price. The Honor Magic V 12GB+256GB costs CNY 10,000 and the 12GB+512GB is priced at CNY 11,000. The Burning Orange version with a leather finish is available in 12GB+512GB only.

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Nvidia announces 12GB version of RTX 3080 with more CUDA cores

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Nvidia just announced an improved RTX 3080 GPU that offers 12GB of VRAM compared to the original, which has 10GB. There are also approximately 3% more CUDA cores, totaling 8960.

Nvidia announces 12GB version of RTX 3080 with more CUDA cores

The upgrade in the memory translates into 20% more bandwidth also thanks to the wider 384-bit memory bus. As a result, the GPU draws about 30W more power than the original version, which requires 320W. However, Nvidia is still recommending a 750W-rated power supply.

The new variant should be available starting today from select board partners but the pricing remains unknown.

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Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Review: Refined wine in a familiar bottle

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Amazon’s Kindle is a great device for the voracious reader, and just like the company’s Fire TV Stick, there is something here for everyone. You have the entry-level Kindle (review) targeted at those looking to move from physical books to e-books for the first time; you have the Paperwhite (review) which, in our opinion, is the voracious reader’s best friend, and you have the Oasis (review) which gives you an absolute premium reading experience. 

With the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, Amazon is looking at offering customers more refined wine in a familiar bottle. It adds some of the features found on the Oasis to the Paperwhite while retaining the same design and ergonomics found on the Paperwhite, which in my opinion, are very good. So, let’s find out if the new Signature Edition Kindle Paperwhite is the one for you. 

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition: Key specifications at a glance

  • Storage: 32GB 
  • Screen Size: 6.8-inches
  • Resolution: 300ppi
  • LEDs: 17
  • Waterproof: IPX8
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • 4G: No
  • Weight: 208 grams
  • Thickness: 8.1mm
  • Price: 17,999

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Review - Kindle form factor

Unboxing and setting up the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition

In the box, you get the Kindle along with a USB cable. The Kindle has now been upgraded and charges using a USB-C port at the bottom. You get a USB-C cable in the box but no power brick. Amazon says the device can fully charge in less than 2.5 hours “with a 9W USB power adapter”. That’s all you get in the box. Setting up the Kindle is as easy as connecting to the Wi-Fi, logging in with your Amazon account and you are good to go. 

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Review - Display

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition: Build and design

One look at the device and you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for a Paperwhite and that’s ok as most of the upgrades are under the hood. Safe to say, if you’ve used a Paperwhite in the past, you are getting the exact same experience here with some upgrades. 

The front of the device is all black with slightly thick bezels around the display, adding to the grip. You have the light sensor on the top of the display. The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition has a large chin with the Kindle branding and I found this chin to be one of the most ergonomic places to hold the device for long reading sessions. The bottom has the USB-C port, LED indicator and sleep/wake button. 

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Review - USB port

The device has this nice rubbery smooth finish at the back which gives it a very good grip. The back is slightly curved adding to the ergonomics. Unless I was falling asleep reading a book, I did not drop the Kindle, not even by accident – that’s how good the grip on the device is. The only downside, because of which you may want to invest in a case, is that the back can get dirty quite easily and the device can be a dust magnet. 

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Review - back panel

The ergonomics on the other hand are ever so slightly different when compared to the regular Paperwhite. The Signature Edition is slightly heavier (17 grams to be precise) and a hair thinner, both of which cannot be noticed by the naked eye. Amazon has gone with an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” policy for the design of the Paperwhite, save for the USB port, which has now been upgraded from micro-USB to Type-C, which I prefer. 

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Review - text settings

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition: Display and performance

The display size, and resolution of the Kindle Paperwhite and the Paperwhite Signature Edition are the same. You get a 6.8-inch glare-free display with 17 LEDs for backlighting and a pixel density of 300 PPI. Like the Paperwhite, the Signature Edition also has adjustable warm light. However, the signature edition has auto-adjusting light thanks to the light sensor which the regular Paperwhite lacks. The light sensor and the auto-adjusting display are features found on the more expensive Oasis. Unlike the entry-level Kindle which has a mere 167 PPI, the 300 PPI of the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition makes content a treat to read. Bring the e-reader really close and you can make out the edges of the pixels, but at a comfortable reading distance, the text looks crisp, clear and easily readable.

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Review - Warm light settings

Another feature from the Oasis that made its way to the Paperwhite Signature Edition is the warmer tone of the display. The display changes from white light to a warm amber to give you a better reading experience. You can manually set a time for the change in the display, but there is an auto option as well which changes the warm tone of the display based on the time of sunrise and sunset. I personally left it on auto and found it offered the best experience. You also have the ability to adjust how warm you want the display to be. This is a 24-point adjustment and I found that leaving it between 10 and 12 was the best. 

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Review - Warm light feature

When it comes to everyday performance, the Kindle is as smooth as any e-reader out there. Sure, the display takes a second to refresh, and it isn’t a 90Hz AMOLED panel found on your smartphone, and it isn’t meant to be. Unlike your smartphone display, you can read on this e-ink display for hours without straining your eyes and more importantly, with a battery life that’ll last for weeks. Navigating the UI is easy as the device is responsive to the lightest of touch. 

Overall, the performance of the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is at par with the Paperwhite with some of the bells and whistles found on the Oasis. The auto-adjusting backlighting is a luxury you can’t get away from once you’ve gotten used to it. 

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition - Design

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition – Battery Life

Amazon claims that the Signature Edition Paperwhite can give you a battery life of up to ten weeks, “based on a half-hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 13”. With about an hour of reading every day, and the brightness set to 15 (with auto-brightness enabled), I’ve lost a tad over 20% battery life in 2 weeks which is very good. Voracious readers who read for 6 odd hours a day may need to resort to a charger once in 4 weeks, but with support for Qi wireless charging, you can always plonk the Kindle on a wireless charging pad before you sleep and never have to worry about reaching for a wired charger again. 

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Review - Brightness

Yes, the device supports Qi wireless charging and we tried it with a standard Qi charger and it worked absolutely fine. Leaving it on the charger every day might be overkill for someone like me, but I found the device always had juice for a long reading session simply by ensuring it was kept on a wireless charger at the end of each day. 

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Review - Wallpaper

Bottom Line

The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition adds quality of life improvements to an already amazing e-reader. But is it the right Kindle for you? Well, that depends on how important reading as a hobby is to you. If you are a casual reader, reading a couple of books in a year, then the entry-level Kindle should get the job done quite well for you. As of writing this review, it is priced at Rs 8,000 and a great 6-inch e-reader. The Kindle Paperwhite in our opinion is the sweet spot for those that are avid readers and the price to performance ratio is good. The 6-inch Paperwhite is priced at Rs 11,000, but I feel the Rs 14,000 6.8-inch Paperwhite is the better option with more LEDs backlighting its slightly larger 6.8-inch display. At the other end of the spectrum, we have the Kindle Oasis, which at Rs 22,000 gives the Rolls Royce Kindle experience with its uber premium build, 7-inch display with 25 LEDs backlighting, automatic rotating page orientation and much more. The Signature Edition Paperwhite bridges the gap between the Paperwhite and the Oasis by offering features that are practical – it has the same display, build and design as the Rs 14,000 Paperwhite with the auto-adjusting light sensor and 32GB storage being the stand out features. Qi wireless charging is a welcome addition as well. While storage options are subjective to your reading habits, I can tell you that once you get used to the auto-adjusting light on a Kindle, you can’t go back. Overall, if you have a 10th gen Paperwhite, you can hold off upgrading to the Signature edition. But if you are coming from the entry-level Kindle or have a kindle that’s a few years old and want to upgrade your reading experience, then the Paperwhite Signature Edition makes sense over the regular Paperwhite as it adds quality of life improvements found on the Oasis without costing as much.

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