The unique Kindle Oasis on the left, the brand new Kindle Oasis on the suitable.

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Like Apple’s iPhone, Amazon’s Kindle turns 10 this yr. And to mark that 10th anniversary, Amazon is releasing one of the best Kindle but, the “all-new” Kindle Oasis. The primary totally waterproof Kindle, it encompasses a bigger 7-inch E Ink show, a really slim design and an aluminum again. It additionally marks the return of Audible audiobook help to the Kindle platform.

The brand new Kindle Oasis will not be as costly because the the iPhone X, but it surely’s fairly costly for an e-reader, beginning at $250 for the mannequin with 8GB of storage, going as much as $350 for a 32GB mannequin with mobile connectivity, which has all-you-can-eat mobile information for the lifetime of the gadget included in that worth. All variations can be found right now for preorder globally, with an preliminary ship date set for Oct. 31.

Amazon Kindle Oasis costs

Mannequin

US

UK

Australia

8GB

$250

£230

$AU389

32GB

$280

£260

$AU430

32GB + information

$350

£320

$AU529

Greater display screen and battery 

Whenever you first see the brand new Oasis, the factor that jumps out at you is that bigger 7-inch, 300 pixel-per-inch (ppi) show. In comparison with the unique Oasis’ 6-inch show, it gives barely greater than 30 % further display screen actual property. That is a big distinction.

The opposite large change is to the battery. The unique Oasis had a small battery constructed into the gadget and a bigger one constructed into the included case, which hooked up to the e-reader magnetically. With the brand new Kindle Oasis, the bigger battery is built-in into the gadget itself and Amazon has made the case an elective accent that begins at $40. It additionally adheres magnetically however is not a charging case.

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The brand new Oasis tapers down to three.4mm at its thinnest level and weighs in at 194 grams (6.eight ounces) — 10 grams lighter than the Paperwhite, which has a 6-inch show. Amazon says the show’s cowl glass is the strongest thus far, and the brand new dual-core 1GHz processor (with 512MB of RAM) is the zippiest too, supplying you with barely sooner web page turns. You may both flip pages utilizing the bodily web page flip buttons — you’ll be able to maintain the gadget in your left or proper hand — or faucet the display screen.

In my restricted time with the gadget, I discovered it snug to carry — it is properly balanced — and the touchscreen is sort of responsive. The textual content on the display screen was sharp and had glorious distinction. Amazon says the show is the very best decision but in a Kindle.

It is price noting that the built-in lighting scheme now options 12 LEDs as an alternative of the 10 discovered on the unique Oasis. The additional LEDs seem to assist the mild splay throughout the display screen a bit of extra uniformly (some individuals get distracted by any flaws or shadows within the lighting scheme), they alter to ambient mild circumstances. I have not but been in a position to examine the brand new Oasis with the unique, nonetheless, so I am unable to inform you precisely how significantly better the brand new lighting scheme is. 

A take a look at the aluminum again.

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Audible on board

The opposite large addition is help for Audible playback on the gadget. There is not any headphone jack, however there’s Bluetooth connectivity that enables to attach the brand new Oasis to a Bluetooth headphone or speaker. If in case you have the license to the Audible model of a e book you are studying on the Kindle, you’ll be able to toggle between the Audible model and the e-book variations. Nonetheless, you’ll be able to’t have the e book’s textual content seem whilst you’re listening to the audible model.

For many who purchased the unique Oasis, despair not: Audible help is coming to the unique Oasis by way of a software program improve. It is also coming coming to the latest entry-level Kindle. Each these fashions — and solely these fashions — have Bluetooth, with the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Voyage lacking out.

The elective covers begin at $40 and are available in nylon or leather-based.

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Key specs

We’ll have a full overview of the brand new Kindle Oasis in just a few weeks. For now, this is a take a look at just a few of its different new options, in response to Amazon:

New font dimension and daring settings: The brand new Oasis affords 15 complete font sizes, plus 5 boldness ranges.New accessibility choices: “Along with the OpenDyslexic font, Amazon has added a characteristic to invert black and white on the show if in case you have mild sensitivity. And the brand new Enlarged Show possibility allows you to enhance the dimensions of things just like the textual content on the house display screen and library in addition to the e book icons to make them simpler to learn.”New ragged proper alignment possibility: “Now you can learn utilizing left-aligned (ragged proper) textual content as an alternative of justified (aligned on each left and proper margin).”With an IPX8 waterproof score, the brand new Kindle will be totally submerged in water.Amazon says the Oasis’ battery life will be measured in “weeks,” and its fast-charging functionality is designed to go from zero to 100 % capability in 2 hours.

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