Now you can read in the bath as Amazon debuts waterproof Kindle

11 October, 2017, 17:22 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • The Verge

The new Kindle Oasis is available to pre-order starting today with a release date of 31 October and a price of £229 - so unlike most new products it's actually cheaper.

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

The tech giant also believes it can counter falling figures with improved durability and specifications, and said its new Kindle is the "most advanced ever". Crucially though, Amazon says that the designers have managed to squeeze in a much larger battery into the device itself, meaning no need for a case that will charge up your Kindle when power gets low. It's also way better, featuring a larger screen, water resistance and more.

The resolution of the e-paper display is the same at 300 ppi, but it has a couple extra LED lights now for a brighter, more even-looking display. And thanks to its IPX8 rating, you can - wittingly or unwittingly - submerge the new Oasis in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes. The new Kindle Oasis, in contrast, starts at $249.99. It has a similar physical design, with one thicker side that tapers down on the other side, for one-handed reading. The shape is smoother than on the old Oasis, while the weight comes in at 194 grams; it's nicely balanced to sit in your hand.

Kindle fans, rejoice. Amazon has listened and is finally bringing a waterproof ereader to market - nearly 10 years after the internet giant debuted the first Kindle device. That's because the new Oasis 2 now has a big battery inside, rather than inside a case.

Amazon said the Kindle Oasis will keep running for up to six weeks.

It also has Audible built in, so you can listen to audiobooks through Bluetooth-enabled speakers and headphones - sadly there's no in-built speaker - and should last for weeks off a single charge.

'Its thin, light, and waterproof design allows readers to stay engaged in the author's world in even more places than ever before'.

But if you think this means that Amazon has added a 3.5mm headphone jack to the Kindle, well, think again - the audio will only work across Bluetooth. The colour Fire tablets have had Audible support since day one. The software will be loaded on every Kindle Oasis. Sadly, it also uses an old micro-USB port.

The new Kindle Oasis - the same name as last year's premium Kindle - has jumped up in size, moving from a 6-inch screen to a 7-inch screen. To easily download ebooks you'll have to buy them from Amazon's own store, but that does mean you have access to a huge ebook store and can get lots of benefits if you're a Prime subscriber.

It's the first water-resistant Kindle.

You get a choice of new covers too, US$44.99 for the fabric ones and $59.99 for the leather ones.

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