All-New Amazon Kindle Oasis


It's super comfortable to hold and has a built-in battery on one side that feels nicely balanced. The screen is larger, and it's waterproof.

Online retailer Amazon continues to improve its black-and-white e-ink Kindle reader lineup, with its latest model being a new $250 Kindle Oasis with 7-inch display and a waterproof design, AppleInsider reports.

It's the second Oasis-branded Kindle, following in the original's footsteps. The case is also made of aluminum, another first for the Kindle line.

The design is roughly similar to the previous model.

What you're looking at is the most advanced Kindle ever - the new Oasis. Amazon says it can withstand 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes without damage. It no longer has a little connector on the back - instead it has an all-aluminium rear and a promise of around six weeks of power via the built-in battery. That's because the new Oasis 2 now has a big battery inside, rather than inside a case. That omission is likely what led to the price drop, which seems like a better deal in the long run. It's launching with support for Audible audiobooks.

Cleverly too, if you own the same title on both Kindle and Audible, the device will sync the two up - meaning that you can read some parts and listen to others.

Amazon also included a few helpful accessibility features in the new Oasis. There's also support for flipping things so that you get white text on a black background. But if you spend a lot of time reading and a significant proportion of your day on the road listening to audiobooks, it might just be worth the investment. Amazon said it made it water-resistant because customers like to use Kindles while in the bathtub.

The Oasis sits above the regular Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage, offering a more luxurious reading experience to those who are happy to pay a bit more.

I didn't have much time to demo the new Oasis, but it's certainly intriguing.

The updated model partially addresses one of the biggest criticisms with Amazon's original Oasis: the price was absurdly high for an e-reader, a gadget that's only created to do one thing well.

For a start, the Oasis features Amazon's largest, highest-resolution Paperwhite display ever. Yes, it looked nicer but aside from that there wasn't much to get excited about. Speaking of which, the Oasis's page turning is incredibly fast. A cellular model is also available for £319.99.

Configuration-wise, the new Kindle Oasis starts at £229.99 for the 8GB version. Keep your eyes peeled for the full review, which I'll be posting in the coming weeks.

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