Amazon launches new Kindle Oasis with 7-inch display, waterproof design


Amazon is refreshing its top of the line Kindle Oasis eReader with a new model that has a big display and is the first to be water proof.

The new Kindle Oasis sports 7-inch e-ink display, compared to 6-inch screen in the predecessor. The display still has 300 pixels per inch, which Amazon says will offer text just as sharp as before. The addition of IPX8 rating means the eReader can withstand immersion in up to 2m of water for up to 60 minutes.

The design is same as the previous model with hand grip that has physical buttons to turn the page. It has the same thickness of just 3.4mm at the thinnest point and is slightly heavier at 194g. It also features an accelerometer, that allows the screen to rotate automatically to 180 degrees, so that the button will be on both left and right sides.


It supports Bluetooth, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and 3G, and comes with the storage option of 8GB and 32GB storage. It promises up to six weeks of battery life on a single charge.

The new model for the first time also gets Audible audio service integration, so you can listen to audio-books and easily switch between reading and listening on Bluetooth headphones or speakers.

It is also getting new software feature like additional font sizes bold settings, and new accessibility options (enlarged display, invert back & white on the display and more). These features will be rolled out to other Kindle devices, that were released in the past four years.

The new Kindle Oasis has been priced at Rs. 21,999 ($299.99 in the U.S) for the 8GB/WiFi model and Rs. 28,999 ($349.99 in the US) for the 32GB/WiFi/3G model. It comes in Black color, and is now available for pre-order in the on Amazon India, while shipping begging November 15. Amazon is also selling water-safe fabric covers in Indigo, Charcoal and Sandstone color at Rs. 2,999, and premium leather covers in Black and Merlot for Rs. 3,999.
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