Amazon launched a revamped chronicle of its Kindle Oasis e-reader on Wednesday. The new device will sojourn the highest-end indication in Amazon’s renouned Kindle series, but it comes with a horde of tweaks compared to the prior Oasis, which launched in early 2016.
The reader now has a 7-inch e-ink display, a full in. incomparable than its predecessor. Amazon says the display will still competition 300 pixels per inch, so content should be just as pointy as before.
Perhaps the many acquire news for Kindle diehards is that the new Oasis is waterproof. Amazon says the device is IPX8 rated, which means it should tarry being dunked in roughly two meters of water for up to 60 minutes. Though it’s sad that waterproofing is still singular to Amazon’s priciest Kindle, the further is prolonged overdue; competing manufacturers like Kobo have sole waterproof e-readers for years now.
The new Oasis retains the same ubiquitous ergonomics as the last model: there’s a big, asymmetrical bezel on one side, finish with dedicated page-turning buttons and a vast mound concomitant it around the back. It’s a device done categorically for one-handed use, and we dug how it was put together last year.
Amazon says the new indication trades last year’s plastic for a mostly aluminum finish, though, so it may feel a little some-more premium. The device has turn a little bit heavier in the process, jumping from 131 grams to 194 grams, but Amazon says it still measures a slim 3.4mm at its thinnest point.
The first Oasis sacrificed a bit of battery life to obtain that skinny design—relative to other Kindles, at least—but Amazon tried to work around that by pairing the device with a detachable charging case. Here, the company is scaling the case judgment back. It’ll still sell several covers that double as stands (priced at $45, with leather covers labelled at $60), but an Amazon orator says the new Oasis has a higher-capacity battery that is projected to get up to 6 weeks of reading time on a charge. Older Oasis covers will not work with the new device.
Amazon says the new Oasis comes with fast-charging support, too. It didn’t mention a standard, observant only that the device will charge from dull to full within two hours so prolonged as you use a 5W charger. That said, don’t design the new device to last utterly as prolonged on its own as a some-more simple Kindle.
The device itself should also be a bit faster than before—an Amazon orator pronounced the new indication runs on a dual-core 1GHz NXP i.MX7D processor, up from the Cortex-A9 chip in the last Oasis. The new Oasis also comes with ambient light sensors, which were strangely blank from the last indication but should now concede the reader’s backlight to automatically adjust to the surroundings.
All of this comes with the common Kindle store and software. There’s still no local support for open source EPUB files, and the company’s Alexa partner is still nowhere to be found, but Amazon’s e-book height stays large possibly way.
The big underline the company is touting is the ability to play audiobooks from the device by its Audible app. Amazon says that will arrive by a program refurbish when the new Oasis ships, but given the reader doesn’t have a headphone jack or built-in speakers, you’ll have to offshoot it up to a Bluetooth device to take advantage of the new functionality. Amazon says the Kindle (2016) and past Oasis will get this refurbish as well; the renouned Kindle Paperwhite will not, given it doesn’t support Bluetooth.
The Oasis is still pricey for an e-reader but a little reduction so than before. The device now starts at $250 for a indication with 8GB of storage and ads (or “special offers”), with a 32GB indication accessible for $280. Those models cost $270 and $300, respectively, but ads. Another model with 32 GB and cellular connectivity is accessible for $350. The new reader is up for pre-order today and will start shipping on Oct 31. The prior Kindle Oasis started at $290 for 4GB of storage.
That’s still a good cube of change for a device that’s only done for one thing. The $120 Kindle Paperwhite will likely sojourn the many essential buy for many people who are still meddlesome in an e-reader in 2017, but it’s aging, so the new Oasis could make some-more clarity as a oppulance tool for book lovers who use a Kindle mostly and just wish the nicest thing possible. The distance boost looks to be Amazon’s way of differentiating the Kindle in a universe where large-screen smartphones are apropos the norm, and the further of waterproofing should only be a good thing. We’ll test the new Kindle Oasis to see if it can better clear its asking cost after this month.