Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Amazon's flagship Kindle Oasis is now bigger, cheaper, and waterproof too

Amazon's flagship Kindle Oasis is now bigger, cheaper, and waterproof too

Amazon on Wednesday announced a significant update to its Kindle Oasis e-reader.

The device itself should also be a bit faster than before-an 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. Amazon also claims the page turning speed has been boosted, too.

On the software front, there's plenty more to get stuck into. For context, the previous Oasis was rated at a mere two weeks without the battery cover, although adding one extended that out to eight weeks. And, as before, there's also an accelerometer that triggers a screen rotation whenever you spin the reader around in your hands. The display is also a touchscreen. And it also has ambient light sensors that adjust the brightness as you move from room to room, or from outdoors to indoors.

You can now invert the black and white on the display, which will be particularly useful if you're reading in bed at night.

It's all wrapped up in a new, graphite aluminum chassis. Instead you can find covers to protect your Kindle, but there are no battery cases available for this model. And it just got better, with a larger screen and waterproofing for bath-time reading.

With Whispersync, Amazon saves and synchronises your last read page, allowing you to pick up instantly where you left off whether you're reading or listening. Courtesy of fast-charging, you can recharge the whole thing in just two hours.

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Perhaps the coolest feature is that the new Oasis has Audible built-in, letting you listen to a collection of audiobooks over Bluetooth headphones or Bluetooth speaker (there's no headphone port or integrated speaker).

The expanded memory options are created to support Audible, as this new Oasis also supports the audiobook format. With the previous model, Amazon split the battery between the e-reader and an included charging case in order to keep the device slim. And, showing the tech industry fashion for ridiculous colour names shows no sign of calming, hue options range from Indigo, Sandstone and Charcoal to Midnight, Saddle Tan or Merlot. More appealing to my eyes are the water-safe fabric covers, though, in tactile Indigo, Sandstone, or charcoal.

The OS on Kindle products has been easy to use for quite some time, but now new features to allow you to fiddle with the font size, type and boldness will make it even easier to read your books.

What you're looking at is the most advanced Kindle ever - the new Oasis.

That gets you WiFi connectivity and 8GB of storage. The 32 GB model is £259.99 / $279.99 and with 3G, which we strongly recommend if you often read outside the home, is £319.99 / $349.99.

The entry-level $250 model features 8 gigabytes of storage, doubling that of the first Kindle Oasis.

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