Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

New Kindle Oasis Is Amazon's First Waterproof Kindle

New Kindle Oasis Is Amazon's First Waterproof Kindle

It's still very thin (3.4 millimeters) on one end, with a larger hump on the other.

The Kindle Oasis still features a hump on its back and a microUSB port on its side. Firstly, the thing has increased in screen size, with a 7-inch E Ink display.

Last year, Amazon added a premium eBook Reader to its Kindle lineup with the Oasis.

It's the first water-resistant Kindle. Last year's Oasis relied on an electroplated metal alloy over a standard plastic case. The device weighs in at 194 grams (6.8 oz), so it's a little heavier than last year's 131 g (4.6 oz) model.

The new Kindle has two storage variants namely the 8 GB which is for Rs 21,999 and the 32 GB (3G + free Wi-Fi) which is for Rs 28,999.

Both the Kindle Oasis 2 and its predecessor share the same basic DNA, but there are some noticeable changes in the updated version.

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As for the battery life, Amazon is promising a huge six weeks of reading between charges, but we'll have to wait for some real-world tests to see if that holds up. A 32GB model is also available for £259.99. That omission is likely what led to the price drop, which seems like a better deal in the long run.

The new leather cases come in three colors and cost $60. The new Oasis supports Amazon's proprietary files, along with TXT, PDF, MOBI and PRC. The new Kindle Oasis will be capable of playing audiobooks through its Audible app. Because it doesn't have a speaker or a headphone jack, though, you have to use Audible through Bluetooth headphones or speakers, which seems a bit kludgy.

There are little tweaks to the software, as well, including more font size gradations and the ability to bold any font. And, as before, there's also an accelerometer that triggers a screen rotation whenever you spin the reader around in your hands. That should make it easier to read at night. The colour Fire tablets have had Audible support since day one.

The new Kindle Oasis comes with a heavy price tag, of course. The resolution has been bumped to achieve a sharpness of 300 ppi (pixel-per-inch). You still get two physical page-turn buttons alongside the display, or alternatively you can just tap the touchscreen. Speaking of which, the Oasis's page turning is incredibly fast. It's basically the pinnacle of e-reader development.

The new Kindle Oasis is available to preorder on Amazon starting today. Keep an eye out for our in-depth review in the coming weeks.

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