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Amazon's new Kindle Oasis offers IPX8 waterproofing and Audible support

Amazon's new Kindle Oasis offers IPX8 waterproofing and Audible support

It's an aluminum material that doesn't feel slippery in the hand.

The device, which weighs 194 grams (0.4lbs) can be pre-ordered now and will ship on 31 October.

"The device itself resembles last year's Oasis, but now has a larger 7" display (at 330ppi), and retains the asymmetry of the previous design. Unfortunately, that also means Amazon isn't including a leather case anymore.

Amazon says the new Oasis comes with fast-charging support, too. Older Oasis covers will not work with the new device. We haven't seen any of these yet, but we'll try some out for our full review.

The refreshed model has 12 LED lights, compared to the previous generation's 10-LED display, and measures seven inches diagonally rather than six inches like every other e-reader in Amazon's Kindle lineup. It offers 300 pixels per inch, which means text is always sharp and easy to read. The new Kindle Oasis, in contrast, starts at $249.99. As it knows what page you're on, it will know where to start the audio and vice-versa.

Woman Wrestles Shark Out Of Pool With Bare Hands
Ms Hatheier then carries it over to the pool's ledge and throws it into the ocean, as huge cheers are heard by those watching on. Footage taken by Ms Hatheier's daughter shows her bravely swimming above the shark trying to figure out a plan of action.

Kindle Oasis 2 vs Oasis: Should you upgrade? Amazon, I'm told, has also tested it in bath tub and pool water, along with sea water, just to make sure it's holiday-ready.

Though some earlier versions of the Kindle supported audiobook playback, replete with built-in speakers and headphone jacks, you certainly couldn't flip effortlessly between a text-based book and the audio counterpart of that same book without switching to the Kindle or Audible mobile apps.

Despite the increase in size, though, 2017's Oasis remains ridiculously light at 194g - 10g lighter than the lightest Kindle Paperwhite - and tapers to a super-slim 3.4mm at its thinnest point. That's likely been sacrificed to allow for the waterproof design though. (Amazon has tried its hand at both, finding more success with Fire-branded tablets than the discontinued Fire phone). If you own both the book and audiobook you can now cleverly switch between the two without losing your spot. It's all extra money, but if you ever want to make serious progress on a book you may decide to use this feature. Sadly, it also uses an old micro-USB port. The new Kindle Oasis 2017 keeps the asymmetric form-factor of its predecessor but does away with that model's removable battery cover. As such, battery life is slightly shorter, though improved fast-charging will allow it to fully recharge in under two hours.

Now, don't get me wrong; £229 is still a lot of money to pay for an e-reader when the Kindle Paperwhite does much the same job for less than half as much. Why on earth would you need all that for notoriously small eBooks? The case is also made of aluminum, another first for the Kindle line. We're glad you asked...