Big-screen Kindle DX launches, costs $489

As expected, Amazon pulled the curtain off its Kindle DX "wireless reading device" earlier this morning. Sitting above the Kindle 2 in Amazon's lineup, the new device has a larger display—9.7" across instead of 6"—fancier features, and a higher price tag.

Amazon already offers the Kindle DX for pre-order at a hefty $489. Availability should follow "this summer." Aside from the bigger display, the new Kindle DX has 3.3GB of usable storage capacity, built-in 3G wireless, an integrated PDF reader, and an iPhone-style auto-rotate feature. Amazon quotes the same battery life as for the 6" model, too: four hours with wireless enabled and up to two weeks with it off.

You'll find images of the new device in the gallery below. If you're curious about the exact size of the thing, Amazon quotes dimensions of 10.4" x 7.2" x 0.38" (26.4 x 18.3 x 0.97 cm) and a weight of 18.9 ounces (536 g). That means the new device is only half a millimeter thicker than the 6" model, although it weighs about half a pound more and obviously takes up more space.

According to CrunchGear's liveblog of the launch event, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe will offer cheaper subscriptions as part of a Kindle DX pilot program this summer.

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