Amazon announce new waterproof Kindle Oasis

Amazon introduces waterproof 7-inch Kindle Oasis with Audible integration, metal body

Amazon announce new waterproof Kindle Oasis

Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the original Kindle in November, the new top-end device aims to lead Amazon's e-readers into the next decade with a new aluminium design, longer built-in battery life and a larger, brighter screen.

Amazon devices boss Dave Limp said: "Ten years ago, we introduced our first Kindle with the mission of delivering any book ever written in 60 seconds or less".

Amazon.com Inc introduced Wednesday (Oct 12) a waterproof Kindle e-reader long-awaited by enthusiasts, the latest in a string of consumer devices from the online retail giant this year.

The Oasis is available in two models, the 8GB with Wi-Fi support and the 32GB with cellular connectivity. The e-reader comes with a 7-inch e-ink display, a full inch bigger than its predecessor. For waterproofing, the Kindle Oasis is IPX8 rated, which means it should withstand immersion in over 1-metre of water. Amazon also launched the Echo Show, with a screen, and an Echo Look that gives style suggestions. The 7-inch Kindle Oasis features a metal chassis and it's completely waterproof (IPX8 rating).

Eric Saarnio, head of Amazon devices in the European Union said: "It has a 7in screen, an inch larger than any of our recent devices, and is also the highest resolution with 300ppi screen density, meaning we can fit around 30% more words on the screen per page, which means customers have to turn fewer pages". The default storage capacity is 4GB and can be increased to 8GB. You should be warned, however, that the Kindle does not have speakers, yet it does have Bluetooth connection enabling you to connect to another device. The base model - without 4G capability and with 8 GB of storage - costs $250 (roughly Rs. 16,290).

Amazon is offering a pre-order bundle of the waterproof Kindle, which includes a power adapter and leather cover of your choice, along with the Kindle Oasis.

The water-safe fabric covers are priced at Rs 2,999 and will be available in indigo, charcoal and sandstone colour variants.

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