The new Kindle Oasis costs £230 ($250) and has 8 GB of storage while the previous version of Kindle Oasis cost £270 ($290) and had 4GB. As the most premium Kindle reader, the device is targeted at a relatively narrow band of consumers - those who want an essentially single-function device with a premium build. 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. The extra real estate means it's capable of squeezing in over 30 percent more words per page, resulting in fewer page turns. Oddly, Amazon has followed in the footsteps of Apple and Google and decided not to equip the device with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Kindle Oasis has a thicker side that tapers down on the other side for easier one-handed use. Instead, you can stream audiobooks to Bluetooth headphones and speakers.
Amazon has also added Bluetooth to this model. Why?
Thin and light design with an aluminium back, it features a unique ergonomic shape, so you can read comfortably for hours. Amazon declined to say how it waterproofed the Kindle, but since it still has an open USB port for charging, it's recommending that people stand the Kindle upright after it's been submerged.More news: Snap Inc (SNAP) Unveils "Context Cards" To Provide Background On Snaps
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The new Oasis is IPX8 rated, which means you should be able to submerge it in 6.5 feet of water for up to 60 minutes. Customers will also be given the choice to buy the audio version of a Kindle book they've just purchased for the reduced price of £2.99. There's also a $279.99 32GB model and the $349.99 32GB model with free cellular connectivity (both without ads).
You now get 8GB of storage space as standard, compared with the original Kindle Oasis which had 4GB. This includes more font sizes, five levels of boldness, the ability to invert black and white, and an option for ragged text alignment.
Kindle Oasis is available for pre-order from Amazon starting today, with shipping due to start on October 31.
Here's another first for the Kindle line - support for audiobooks from Audible, thanks in part to the boosted internal memory that lets you store more on the device itself.