"Amazon launches 7" waterproof Kindle Oasis with Audible integration, starting at $250

Thursday, 12 Oct, 2017

The new Oasis is also the first waterproof Kindle, boasting an IPX8 rating that allows it to be submerged in up to three feet of water.

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. Crucially though, Amazon says that the designers have managed to squeeze in a much larger battery into the device itself, meaning no need for a case that will charge up your Kindle when power gets low.

It's been a year since the original was launched at £269 (up to £329 for 3G) so it's not a huge surprise that Amazon is refreshing the luxury Kindle. And it also has ambient light sensors that adjust the brightness as you move from room to room, or from outdoors to indoors.

The 300 ppi display promises to deliver "crisp, laser-quality text" with absolutely no glare, regardless of lighting conditions, while the battery life is measured in weeks, not hours. Since it doesn't have speakers, they will have to stream to Bluetooth speakers or headphones. The only problem is that the New Kindle Oasis doesn't have a headphone hack or even USB-C (which supports audio output). You can also upgrade to a 32GB model, if you plan on carrying audiobooks, graphic novels and magazines around. Weighing in at 194 grams, the Oasis is still 10 grams lighter than the Kindle Paperwhite.

The new Kindle Oasis is the first standard Kindle e-reader from Amazon that's larger than 6 inches. If you have the money, this is the e-reader to end all e-readers; in its category, it's stupendously desirable.

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The new Oasis is different. This includes more font sizes, five levels of boldness, the ability to invert black and white, and an option for ragged text alignment. The new Oasis also has a battery life of up to six weeks of reading time and supports fast charging through its microUSB port, which Amazon claims can fully charge the device in less than two hours.

Alas, Amazon isn't yet making it easier, or cheaper to buy both types of publication in the Kindle store.

The physical page turn buttons are back, too - honestly, that's the thing that probably excited me the most about the original Oasis.

Pre-orders for the new Kindle Oasis are now open with deliveries from 31 October. There's also a $279.99 32GB model and the $349.99 32GB model with free cellular connectivity (both without ads).