Amazon’s Kindle Oasis has had a reboot, boosting display measurement, including audiobook assist, and gaining waterproofing, all whereas chopping the worth. The brand new Kindle Oasis 2017 retains the uneven form-factor of its predecessor however does away with that mannequin’s detachable battery cowl. As a substitute, Amazon has managed to squeeze enough energy into simply the slender ereader itself.
On the entrance, there’s now a 7-inch Paperwhite e-paper show, moderately than the 6-inch of earlier than. It’s a 300 ppi panel, 30-percent bigger than the previous mannequin, which Amazon says provides as much as fewer web page turns. Extra importantly it’s sooner, right down to each and software program enhancements.
As I discovered after I tried the brand new Kindle Oasis out myself, web page turns are considerably swifter than we’ve seen on earlier Kindle fashions. Display screen rotation has additionally had a noticeable enhance, whenever you flip the ereader round. You continue to get two bodily page-turn buttons alongside the show, or alternatively you possibly can simply faucet the touchscreen.
That display has gained two additional LEDs for the show lighting, which ought to make it extra even and constant throughout the complete extent of the show; there’s additionally now an ambient mild sensor, for routinely adjusting the lighting ranges. Amazon has added six additional font measurement ranges, in the meantime, along with 5 ranges of boldness. There’s additionally assist for flipping issues so that you just get white textual content on a black background.
It’s all wrapped up in a brand new, graphite aluminum chassis. The form is smoother than on the previous Oasis, whereas the burden is available in at 194 grams; it’s properly balanced to sit down in your hand. The thinnest level tapers to three.4mm.
That aluminum physique is now IPX8 rated, which implies the brand new Kindle Oasis can deal with immersion for as much as sixty minutes in as much as two meters of contemporary water. Amazon, I’m informed, has additionally examined it in bathtub tub and pool water, together with sea water, simply to ensure it’s holiday-ready.
The battery is now completely self-contained, moderately than being break up between Kindle and case. How lengthy it’s going to final will clearly rely upon how a lot you learn and the way a lot you employ the lighting, however Amazon is quoting as much as six weeks. Courtesy of fast-charging, you possibly can recharge the entire thing in simply two hours.
Audible audiobook assist has additionally, lastly, arrived. You’ll want Bluetooth headphones or audio system – Amazon gained’t be together with any within the field – whereas in case you pair the brand new Kindle Oasis together with your automotive’s Bluetooth you’ll be capable of management playback and such with the automobile’s buttons. Audiobooks present up within the e-book gallery with a headphone icon appended, and as soon as opened you possibly can faucet to change between the textual content and audio variations (the Kindle Oasis remembers which you had been utilizing final, and re-opens it in that state).
There’s velocity management, to gradual or velocity up the speed of the narrator, whereas Whispersync retains monitor of the place you’re as much as throughout any Kindle or Kindle app you is likely to be utilizing.
With no battery case, Amazon has taken the freedom to roll out a number of new choices. There are three leather-based choices, every of which cling to the again of the ereader magnetically and fold right into a stand: they’re supplied in Midnight, Saddle Tan, or Merlot. Extra interesting to my eyes are the water-safe material covers, although, in tactile Indigo, Sandstone, or charcoal.
Arguably most spectacular is the worth. The unique Kindle Oasis was most undoubtedly focused on the well-heeled reader, beginning at $359.99. The brand new Kindle Oasis, in distinction, begins at $249.99.
That will get you WiFi connectivity and 8GB of storage. There’s a 32GB mannequin too, for these wanting extra space for audiobooks, priced at $279.99. Lastly, a Kindle Oasis LTE is available in at $349.99, additionally with 32GB of storage and no charges for the mobile service.
As for the covers, the material variations are $44.99 apiece, whereas the leather-based are $59.99. Each they and the Oasis itself are up for pre-order immediately, and can ship on October 31.