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Amazon finally launching waterproof Kindle after 10 years of first Kindle

Uncategorized October 12, 2017

Its 10 years ago when e-commerce giant Amazon launched Kindle but waterproof Kindle was not into its list yet.

Finally the wait is over now, Amazon’s new Kindle Oasis is announced, this e-reader that builds on last year’s Kindle design and now has an IPX8 waterproof rating, which means it should survive being dunked in roughly two meters of water for up to 60 minutes. The new Kindle Oasis — the same name as last year’s premium Kindle — has jumped a step up in terms of size from a 6-inch screen to a 7-inch screen. It has an aluminum back, which gives it a more premium look and feel than the Kindles with soft-touch plastic. The screen still has 300 pixels per inch, so the text sharpness would be the same as before.

Amazon says the new model trades last year’s plastic for a mostly aluminum finish, though, so it may feel a little more premium. The device has become a little bit heavier in the process, jumping from 131 grams to 194 grams, but Amazon says it still measures a slim 3.4mm at its thinnest point.

The new Oasis relies entirely on its built-in battery. The physical design is similar to last year’s Kindle, with one thicker side that tapers down on the other side, for one-handed reading. But Amazon has made a point of saying that it managed to fit in a bigger battery, while keeping the tapered side of the device at 3.4 millimeters.

There are physical page-turn buttons, plus the touchscreen page-turn option; Amazon says it’s worked on both the hardware and software side of things to make page-turning feel faster.

The new Oasis ships at the end of October and is replacing last year’s Oasis, leaving four Kindles total in Amazon’s lineup: the original Kindle ($80), the Kindle Paperwhite ($120), Kindle Voyage ($200), and the Oasis, which starts at $250 for an 8GB model. That’s double the base storage of previous Kindles, which Amazon says is to accommodate the storage of audio books. It also connects over both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE.
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