The all-new Kindle Oasis comes 18 months after its same-named sibling was introduced to the world, and the latest incarnation boasts a number of notable upgrades, in addition to its newfound water-repelling powers.
Now packing a 7-inch, 300 ppi display, the e-book fits over 30-percent more words per page for fewer page turns. The new Oasis doesn't feel as unnaturally light as the last model, which was one of my favorite aspects of that e-reader. Screen rotation has also had a noticeable boost, when you flip the ereader around. The display is also a touchscreen. You can also change the font and choose between what Amazon calls "five levels of boldness", and there's a backlight that automatically adjusts to your settings. You can make the display invert black and white, giving it a black background and white text.
It's all wrapped up in a new, graphite aluminum chassis. The old Oasis was 131g without the battery cover and 238g with it on. Like the first-gen model, the Oasis is just 3.4mm at its thinnest point, but it now offers a more premium aluminium rear. Amazon has ensured an IPX8 rating so the new Oasis can be dunked in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes. But most readers can probably get by with a less expensive model like the $119.99 Paperwhite. How long it will last will obviously depend on how much you read and how much you use the lighting, but Amazon is quoting up to six weeks. Amazon says the updated Kindle Oasis can replenish its battery in two hours when being charged, while the older one would take three hours. (Amazon has tried its hand at both, finding more success with Fire-branded tablets than the discontinued Fire phone). If you use the audiobook service from Amazon you'll be able to listen to them on your Oasis with the use of Bluetooth headphones or a speaker. The UI is much faster and responsive than any other Kindle I've used previously. And, showing the tech industry fashion for ridiculous colour names shows no sign of calming, hue options range from Indigo, Sandstone and Charcoal to Midnight, Saddle Tan or Merlot. The original Kindle Oasis was most definitely targeted at the well-heeled reader, starting at $359.99.
Plus, the Kindle Oasis is also waterproof for the very first time.
That gets you WiFi connectivity and 8GB of storage.
For those who want to be permanently connected, the Kindle Oasis will also come as a 32GB version with mobile network connectivity and Wi-Fi and that will set you back £319. Amazon will sell water-safe covers that start at $44.99 and leather covers at $59.99.
The new Kindle Oasis is available to pre-order starting today with a release date of 31 October and a price of £229 - so unlike most new products it's actually cheaper.