Amazon has just announced an all-new Kind Oasis that will replace the current model as their flagship e-reader. The new top-tier model improves on the previous generation Oasis in numerous ways, like being Amazon’s first waterproof Kindle, and manages to do so at a lower price.
While the new Kindle Oasis may look similar to the model it’s replacing, with its one thicker side that tapers down, that’s pretty much where the similarities end. The new model has a 7-inch touchscreen, compared to the 6-inch screen of the old Oasis and every other Kindle model.
The larger screen holds about 30% more text than before and is thankfully just as sharp at 300 ppi. It’s also now brighter and more evenly lit, thanks to 2 additional LED lights, bringing the total number to 12. A new ambient light sensor will automatically adjust the brightness as you move from room to room so that you’re not blinded by the extra brightness in dark environments.
While the screen may be an inch larger, the overall size is not, thanks to smaller bezels and a new aluminum back. The larger overall size, however, has made it possible for Amazon to fit a 6-week batter inside the new Oasis, unlike the previous generation which had a 2-week battery and relied on a 6-week battery in the case to top it off. This does mean that the device no longer comes with a case, but Amazon does sell both leather and water-safe fabric cases separately.
Speaking of water, the new Oasis is Amazon’s first waterproof Kindle. It has an IPX8 rating, which Amazon says allows you to submerge the Oasis in two meters of water for up to 60 minutes. They say they’ve tested it in hot tubs, pools, and bubble baths and it does fine in all three.
Amazon has made improvements on the software side as well. The new Oasis turns pages slightly faster than the previous model. It also now comes with an Audible app that lets you use Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your books. There’s also a new inverted mode that displays white text on a black background which should make nighttime reading easier on the eyes.
The new Kindle Oasis starts at $249.99 for an 8 GB model, which is twice as much storage as the $289.99 Oasis it’s replacing. You can also bump up the storage to 32 GB for just $30 more, which would be a good idea to do if you think you’ll be using the new Audible app. If you want to be able to download new books anywhere, Amazon still offers a 4G LTE version with 32 GB of storage for $349.99. The new Kindle Oasis is available for pre-order today and will be released on October 31st.