Kindle Oasis, Amazon's Latest E-Reader, Available for Preorder
The $290 Oasis is the lightest and thinnest Kindle built so far, weighing in at 4.6 ounces and measuring just 0.13 inches thick.
Amazon's eighth-generation e-reader, the $289.99 Kindle Oasis, is available for preorder as the company adds a fourth Kindle model to its line of e-readers for all budgets. The Oasis is the thinnest and lightest Kindle e-reader built so far, with a weight of 4.6 ounces and a thickness of just 0.13 inches, all in the name of making the device more comfortable to use and hold, according to Amazon. By comparison, the seventh-generation Kindle Voyage, unveiled in September 2014, weighs 6.3 ounces and is 0.30 inches thick, while the earlier Kindle Paperwhite weighs 7.2 ounces and is 0.36 inches thick. The new Oasis, which will begin shipping April 27, also includes a leather cover that doubles as a special charger to keep the e-reader charged and ready for use for months at a time, according to Amazon. The cover creates a dual-battery system, with its integrated battery charging the built-in battery in the Oasis as soon as the e-reader is connected to the cover. The Oasis also includes a new Kindle hibernation mode that minimizes power consumption when the device is not being used. The cover and Kindle can be recharged at the same time, keeping them both ready for extended use. The device includes an all-new lightweight polymer frame that is plated with metal using a structural electroplating process, keeping the device light while maintaining its strength so it can be used on the go without fear of breakage. The Oasis also includes a new design that "shifts the center of gravity to your palm, to rest in your hand like the spine of a book so that the device feels balanced for one-handed reading," according to Amazon. Users can turn the page on the Oasis by using its touch display or by pressing physical buttons, while a built-in accelerometer detects whether users are reading with their left or right hands and automatically rotates the page and page-turn buttons to match.
The Kindle Oasis uses Amazon's high-resolution 300ppi Paperwhite display to provide an easy-to-read screen in a wide range of light conditions. The display includes a redesigned integrated front light that features 60 percent more LEDs compared to earlier Paperwhite displays, giving it the brightest Kindle display built so far.