Amazon launches waterproof e-book reader 'Kindle Oasis'


Amazon has four Kindle devices in their e-book lineup: the original Kindle, the Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage and the Oasis.

On Wednesday, Amazon launched a new version of its Kindle Oasis e-reader that builds on last year's Kindle design and it is the first to get waterproofing, rating at IPX8. This direct sequel to the Kindle Oasis first introduced in 2016 with a 6-inch display is thus considerably bigger.

The upgrade hits the market after one and half years of launch of Kindle Oasis. This means that you can now take your e-reader to any place you feel like.

The new Kindle Oasis also has Bluetooth connectivity and integrates Amazon's Audible service to stream audio books to wireless headphones or speakers. The ergonomic design shifts the centre of gravity to your palm so the device rests in your hand like the spine of a book, no matter which hand you chose to read with. Fast-charging capability is created to get you fully charged from zero to 100 percent capacity in 2 hours.

In the U.S., the company is offering a 4G model for the cellular variant, but in India, it's offering a Wi-Fi + free 3G model, where the company pays for the 3G connectivity enabled by Amazon Whispernet. The regular model is Wi-Fi only and packs 8GB storage, whereas the mid-tier version has 32GB internal memory and costs $280. The new Amazon Kindle Oasis is priced at $250 for the 8 GB storage version, $280 for the 32 GB version, and $350 for the cellular data-enabled, 32 GB version. It also connects over both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE. Available for pre-order now, the Kindle Oasis can be yours on October 31, so get ready to have some luxurious reading experiences this winter. The new Kindle Oasis is IP67 water resistant certified, with Amazon also saying it has tested it in typical scenarios were users read their Kindles - in the hot tub and in the bath, as well as of course being safe poolside and at the beach.