Amazon launched a new version of its Kindle Oasis e-reader. It took 10 years to make new advanced kindle device. The new device will remain the highest-end model in Amazon’s popular Kindle series.
The new Oasis device is waterproof and IPX8 rated, means it survives even submerge in water more than two meters of water for up to 60 minutes.
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Amazon spokesperson said the new model runs on a dual-core 1GHz NXP i.MX7D processor, up from the Cortex-A9 chip in the last Oasis. The reader now has a 7-inch e-ink display, a full inch larger than its older kindle versions. Amazon says that display will still sport 300 pixels per inch, so text should be just as sharp as before.
The new Oasis also comes with ambient light sensors, which were strangely missing from the last model but should now allow the reader’s backlight to automatically adjust to your surroundings.
But it has an open USB port for charging, Amazon declined to say the way it waterproofed the Kindle, it’s recommending people stand the Kindle upright after submerged. There are physical page-turn buttons, plus the touchscreen page-turn option.
Amazon says worked on both the hardware and software side of things to make page-turning feel faster. Amazon says is to accommodate the storage of audio books it has in-built audible App to play. It also connects over both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE.
The device now starts at $250 for a model with 8GB of storage and with a 32GB model available for $280. Those models cost $270 and $300, respectively, without ads. Another model with 32 GB and cellular connectivity is available for $350.
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The new reader is up for pre-order today and will start shipping on October 31. The previous Kindle Oasis started at $290 for 4GB of storage.