Amazon unveils the new Kindle Oasis, its highest-resolution e-reader yet

Amazon's New Kindle Oasis Syncs Audible With Kindle And Safely Works In The Bath

The new Kindle Oasis improves on the luxury version of Amazon's e-reader line from past year with the addition of an ambient light sensor to adjust the front light, which has an increased number of LEDs and is now more evenly spread. The new Kindle Oasis 2017 keeps the asymmetric form-factor of its predecessor but does away with that model's removable battery cover.

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.

As for the battery life, Amazon is promising a huge six weeks of reading between charges, but we'll have to wait for some real-world tests to see if that holds up. And best of all, there's an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust the brightness of your Kindle display - something the original Oasis cruelly lacked. Users can use the touchscreen to torn pages or the dedicted page-turning buttons. Now packing a 7-inch, 300 ppi display, the e-book fits over 30-percent more words per page for fewer page turns. Why, friend, because now you can download and play Audible audiobooks over Bluetooth - result!

That same Audible support is coming to the previous Oasis and the standard 8th-generation Kindle as well, so you can switch between text and audio versions of the same book as you like.

Amazon has also added Bluetooth to this model. Why? It is thin and light, weighing 194g, which is 10g thinner than the Kindle Paperwhite.

The tech giant also believes it can counter falling figures with improved durability and specifications, and said its new Kindle is the "most advanced ever". But what makes the new Kindle the ultimate e-reading machine? The new Kindle Oasis, in contrast, starts at $249.99. Finally, a Kindle Oasis LTE comes in at $349.99, also with 32GB of storage and no fees for the cellular service.

The device is also the first waterproof Kindle and Amazon claims that can be submerged in up to two meters of fresh water for up to an hour.

Amazon updated the Kindle software to support 10 fonts in 14 sizes with 5 levels of boldness, as well as a white-on-black text mode, which is very easy on the eyes.

If you really want a water-resistant ereader or you listen to a lot of audio books, the New Kindle Oasis is a worthy upgrade. It also connects over both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE.

If you preorder the new Oasis today, you can expect it to arrive around October 31.

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