Amazon makes its latest splash with waterproof Kindle Oasis e-reader

Laverne Mann
October 12, 2017

Amazon on Wednesday unveiled a new Kindle Oasis to mark the 10-year anniversary of the company's original Kindle e-reader launch. The overall look of the new Kindle Oasis is a refined design of last year's model. The device also has a 7-inch display, 8 GB of starting storage, audio book service Audible built in, and up to six weeks of battery life on a single charge. The less expensive Kindle Voyage had an ambient light sensor, but it was oddly missing on the 1st-gen Oasis - Amazon has rectified that here, adding twin sensors that automatically raise and lower the light brightness to suit your surroundings. But I'd imagine it being much more convenient to get through long books without constantly turning pages.

The 300 ppi display promises to deliver "crisp, laser-quality text" with absolutely no glare, regardless of lighting conditions, while the battery life is measured in weeks, not hours. Instead, you can stream audiobooks to Bluetooth headphones and speakers.

You'll then be able to connect your Kindle to your vehicle, speaker or Bluetooth headphones, with syncing between the two, meaning you can flip straight from reading to listening and back again.

The new Oasis marks the first time Amazon has moved beyond a 6-inch E-Ink display in its standard Kindles. This makes the Kindle Oasis the ideal e-reader in the bathtub or even by the pool. The new Kindle is the first to get waterproofing, rating at IP8 for trips to the beach and bath tub reading (a feature Kobo has offered for a couple of generations now).

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Amazon hasn't fiddled around too much with the innards of the new Oasis 2, which considering the original is a perfectly fast piece of kit is by no means an issue. Now, Amazon can boast that its IPX8-grade waterproof ereader can be submerged in two meters of fresh water for an hour, which should go some way toward placating Kindle fans. An Amazon spokesperson told ArsTechnica that this makes the new e-reader a bit faster than last year's model, which featured a Cortex-A9 processor. That should be plenty for most users but a 32GB is an option should you need it.

In addition, a $350 ariant with free cellular connectivity includes 32 gigabytes of storage and lacks "special offers".

Pre-orders for the new Kindle Oasis are now open with deliveries from 31 October. The long and short of it, though, is that they all do the job and cost an very bad lot less than the Kindle Oasis.

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