There’s not too much in terms of innovation happening in the world of e-book readers. One that’s good enough is generally good enough, right? For the last couple of years, the gold standard — in grayscale, no less — has been the Kindle Paperwhite. But Amazon wants you to get a new one. We heard rumors of a new Kindle last week and now we’re getting our first glimpse at it thanks to an Internet leak. Say hello to the Kindle Oasis.

Contrary to what it’s wet and wild name may lead you to believe, the Amazon Kindle Oasis does not appear to be waterproof the same way that the Kobo Aura H2O is. This is unfortunate, especially with the recent advances in waterproof gadgetry like the Samsung Galaxy S7. It’d be nice to read your favorite ebook while relaxing in a bubble bath, wouldn’t you say?

If it’s not waterproof, then what is new with the Kindle Oasis? The most glaring feature is the extra wide bezel on one side. You can flip the Kindle upside down to switch between a left-handed or a right-handed grip, but the idea is that this should make it easier to read your ebooks with one hand. There’s also a pronounced hump on the back, not unlike a camera grip, to further improve this one-handed operation.

The display apparently boasts the same 300ppi resolution as the Kindle Voyage and there are more LEDs for more uniform backlighting. It looks like it might have something similar to PagePress on that wide bezel for flipping through your digital pages too.

The other most notable feature isn’t on the Kindle Oasis itself. It’s the rechargeable battery case that’s said to provide up to 20 months of standby. Even with regular reading, this could you mean you only need to charge your Kindle once a year. The yet undescribed “Kindle sleep mode” likely contributes to that longevity too.

There’s no word on pricing yet, but you can be darn sure it’ll be more than a Paperwhite and it might be more than a Kindle Voyage too. When you factor in the additional cost of the battery boosting case, this could be one spendy e-book reader indeed.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Via The Verge

Share This With The World!
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •