Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Amazon's Latest Kindle Oasis Is Cheaper Than Its Predecessor

Amazon's Latest Kindle Oasis Is Cheaper Than Its Predecessor

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.

While the $120 Paperwhite remains the most sensible Kindle for most people, this new Oasis brings Amazon one step closer to its dream of an ideal e-reader: a magical piece of paper that contains every book on Earth. The all-new Kindle Oasis has a battery life measured in weeks, and it includes a fast-charging capability that allows it to go from no battery to fully charged in less than two hours.

I only saw the new Oasis during the day, so will have to wait for a full review to see if it can lower the lights enough for night-time reading.

It's battery can last for up to six weeks.

Accordingly, the new Kindle Oasis has been created to address some of these shortcomings. If you're a subscriber, it will list your books alongside your Kindle titles - and if you want to listen, you can simply pair with either a bluetooth speaker or bluetooth headphones.

You'll then be able to connect your Kindle to your auto, speaker or Bluetooth headphones, with syncing between the two, meaning you can flip straight from reading to listening and back again. Even with those changes, it tapers to a 3.4-millimeter-thin design and weighs 194 grams, which is 10 less than the Kindle Paperwhite. He also noted that Kindle is in more countries than any other Amazon device.

During a demo of the new device last week, Amazon confirmed to VentureBeat that the very same Audible integration will be added to the first-generation Kindle Oasis that launched previous year - via an over-the-air (OTA) update in the coming months. The $249.99 second-generation Oasis is also less expensive than its predecessor, which was priced at $289.99 when it launched past year. However, this was mainly for accessibility, as it gave visually impaired readers additional options, such as navigation prompts. That's double the base storage of previous Kindles, which Amazon says is to accommodate the storage of audio books. Even better? Adaptive lighting. And now - finally - the device is waterproof. First up, the screen is the largest ever on an Amazon Kindle e-reader. 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.

Rival ereader companies like Kobo have had waterproof devices on the market for quite a few years already. The new Oasis is IPX8 rated to protect against immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes. Both they and the Oasis itself are up for pre-order today, and will ship on October 31. The 32GB wifi-only model is £259.99m and the 32GB version with free cellular connectivity (for downloading books while anywhere) is £319.99.

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