Amazon has just unveiled the Kindle Oasis, its eighth-generation ebook reader that features a thin and light design, plus an included charging cover designed to deliver months of battery life. A high price might limit its appeal, however.
The device has a 6-inch, 300 ppi Paperwhite display for crisp text. A redesigned built-in front light features 60% more LEDs.
The Amazon Kindle Oasis is 5.6 x 4.8 inches (14.3 x 12.2cm). Thickness varies considerably, in a design that’s intended to make it easier to hold, going from 0.13 in. (3.4mm) at its thinnest to 0.33 in. (8.5mm) at its thickest. A WiFi-only model is 4.6 ounces (131g) without the cover and 8.4 oz. (238g) with it, while a WiFi/3G model is 4.7 (133g) or 8.5 (240g) with the cover.
New Battery Tech
This ebook reader introduces a dual-battery system—as soon as the Kindle Oasis is connectEd to the cover, the battery in the cover begins recharging the reader automatically. The battery in the cover uses a custom cell architecture that optimizes power and energy while keeping a small and light form factor and delivering months of battery life. The device and cover can be charged simultaneously, plus a new hibernation mode minimizes power consumption when the Kindle is inactive.
The charging cover, which comes bundled with the ereader, is made of leather and is available in black, merlot, or walnut. The cover opens like a book and fits closely around the device, waking the Kindle Oasis when opened and putting it to sleep when closed. Twelve magnets form an attachment between the device and cover, while also allowing the two to separate.
Amazon Kindle Oasis Coming Soon
This ereader is available for pre-order now, with a price that starts at $289.99. This has raised a few eyebrows, considering the company also offers an Amazon Fire that sells for only $49 and can do much more than just display the contents of ebooks. Even its latest and most powerful tablet, the Amazon Fire HD 10, costs less.
The Amazon Kindle Oasis launch date is Wednesday, April 27.