Amazon's Thinnest Kindle Ever is Getting a Big Upgrade

Above Kindle Oasis New vs. Old Image Credit Paul Sawers  VentureBeat

Above Kindle Oasis New vs. Old Image Credit Paul Sawers VentureBeat

The Oasis' big new feature, however, is the ability to play your Audible titles via Bluetooth and, if you own both ebook and audiobook editions, you can switch between them, picking up on one where you left off on the other.

That screen has a pixel density of 300ppi and displays text that looks as sharp as it does on the pages of a paperback.

Amazon may well be focusing on the smart home and Alexa integration with its hardware, but by releasing a new Kindle today it is also, for now at least, committed to upgrading a device that is coming up to being 10 years old.

That 7-inch screen is good for 30 per cent more words per page, says Amazon - or it means larger text for better viewability overall.

And that's not the end to the new Oasis' refinements. It's a device made explicitly for one-handed use, and we dug how it was put together previous year. But due to a lack of 3.5mm jack, listeners will have to use Bluetooth-enabled speakers and headphones to listen to Audible content. Crucially though, Amazon says that the designers have managed to squeeze in a much larger battery into the device itself, meaning no need for a case that will charge up your Kindle when power gets low. The new Kindle Oasis sports the same asymmetric shape, with a thicker-edged grip down one side, housing a battery compartment that keeps the reader alive for weeks at a time. Instead you can find covers to protect your Kindle, but there are no battery cases available for this model.

The other big change for the Kindle Oasis is a massive 7in screen, the largest ever on a Kindle, and a full inch bigger than the original Oasis, which was introduced in the summer of 2016. Sadly, it also uses an old micro-USB port. It didn't specify a standard, noting only that the device will charge from empty to full within two hours.

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One last new feature mirrors Apple's True Tone display as built-in ambient light sensors can automatically adjust the Oasis's display to compensated for your surroundings, whether you're in a dimly-lit room or outside in direct sunlight.

Alas, Amazon isn't yet making it easier, or cheaper to buy both types of publication in the Kindle store. There's still no support for open-source EPUB files, and the company's Alexa assistant is still nowhere to be found, but Amazon's e-book platform remains massive either way. And in 2015, a Pew research report on American device ownership showed that e-reader ownership was down significantly from the year prior. The 32GB wifi-only model is £259.99m and the 32GB version with free cellular connectivity (for downloading books while anywhere) is £319.99.

As mentioned earlier, the Oasis starts at 8GB in terms of storage which is double the original.

That's still a good chunk of change for a device that's only made for one thing. The original Kindle Oasis was most definitely targeted at the well-heeled reader, starting at $359.99.

It's black and white unlike the reading experience you'll get on normal tablets, but it's a great display that beats most of the competition out there, and of course it has a built-in light, like most Amazon ereaders.

With no battery case, Amazon has taken the liberty to roll out a few new options.

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