SEATTLE — Amazon this week announced plans to launch the Kindle Oasis — the latest addition to the online giant’s growing portfolio of own brand electronic devices. The new e-reader features a large, high-resolution Paperwhite display and light ergonomic design. It’s also the first Kindle e-reader that is waterproof.
“Ten years ago, we introduced our first Kindle with the mission of delivering any book ever written in 60 seconds or less,” said Dave Limp, SVP, Amazon Devices and Services. “The all-new Kindle Oasis is our most advanced Kindle ever. Its thin, light, and waterproof design allows readers to stay engaged in the author's world in even more places than ever before.”
With a larger 7-in., 300-ppi display, the all-new Kindle Oasis fits more than 30% more words per page, resulting in fewer page turns. It also has the fastest page turns of any Kindle e-reader, Amazon said. It was designed to rest in either right or left hands like the spine of a book. The ergonomic design, Amazon explained, shifts the center of gravity to the palm of the hand. The device is thin and light, weighing 194 grams, 10 grams less than the bestselling Kindle Paperwhite. It’s also IPX8-rated to protect against immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes. It was also designed to withstand getting splashed at the beach or dropped in the bath tub, hot tub or pool, Amazon added.
The all-new Kindle Oasis comes with two storage options — 8GB, which has twice the storage as the first Kindle Oasis, and can hold thousands of titles, and 32GB, which can store rich content with large file sizes, such as Audible audiobooks, comics, newspapers and magazines. Furthermore, its battery life is measured in weeks rather than hours and can go from a flat battery to fully charged in less than two hours, according to Amazon.
The Kindle Oasis is priced at $249.99 for the 8GB model, $279.99 for the 32GB model and $349.99 for the 32GB model with cellular connectivity. All three models are available for pre-order globally and will begin shipping Oct. 31.