Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Amazon launches waterproof Kindle Oasis

Amazon launches waterproof Kindle Oasis

There's plenty to like about the new Kindle Oasis, with its abundance of new features. The 2017 model slims down even more while offering a bigger 7-inch screen, and adds bonus features like water resistance and audiobook support. It also comes along with fast-charging capability that enables the device to be fully charged in two hours.

Readers have been requesting a waterproof Kindle for years. The Kindle software also gets an upgrade for faster page turning and more settings options, including an inverted dark mode where the screen is black and the text is white. You get 30 percent more text on the page at a time, which means fewer page turns. While it appears lopsided, it actually feels balanced when you hold the Oasis one-handed. Instead you'll need Bluetooth headphones to take advantage of this feature.

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. A 32GB model is also available for £259.99.

Weighing in at 194 grams and 3.4mm thick, the refreshed Kindle Oasis sports a 7-inch display - one inch larger than its predecessor.

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Amazon on Wednesday announced a significant update to its Kindle Oasis e-reader.

That battery is good for 6-weeks of reading and there's now 12 LED illuminators down the side to front light that E Ink panel.

Configuration-wise, the new Kindle Oasis starts at £229.99 for the 8GB version. It's IPX8 rating certified which essentially means it can withstand submerging "in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes", and can survive being splashed at.

The physical page turn buttons are back, too - honestly, that's the thing that probably excited me the most about the original Oasis. He also noted that Kindle is in more countries than any other Amazon device. 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 is also a $350 model that offers free cellular connectivity, allowing you to download books without relying on Wi-Fi. (Waterproof for real: "can withstand immersion in up to 2 meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.") It's a lovely piece of news and a vast technological improvement for every Kindle user who reads by the pool or on the beach or, let's face it, in the bathroom.

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