Amazon Kindle Oasis With Waterproof Capabilities Announced: Details

Amazon introduces waterproof 7-inch Kindle Oasis with Audible integration, metal body

Different to last year's six-inch kindle, the new Oasis is now a significant seven inches, meaning page numbers will be cut down considerably, giving you the extra bonus of having over 30% more words per page.

"Ten years ago, we introduced our first Kindle with the mission of delivering any book every written in 60 seconds or less", said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices, in a statement.

Amazon.ca has unveiled the all-new Kindle Oasis, the company's newest e-reader. Last month, the company introduced several new Echo speakers and rolled out refreshed tablets. The Kindle Oasis is IPX8 rated, which means it should withstand immersion in over 1-metre of water. Will you buy the latest e-reader from Amazon? Waterproofing has always been an omission on Kindle e-readers, and will now let people read at the beach or in the bath tub without worrying about damage, Amazon said.

It'll also include a new Audible app that allows users to link the device with a pair of Bluetooth headphones and listen to audio content on the go.

Amazon now offers a 4G model for the cellular variant in the USA, but in India the company will be offering a Wi-Fi + free 3G model.

This Oasis e-book reader supports public and private WiFi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or WiFi Protected Setup (WPS). Amazon has also launched a new cover for the Kindle Oasis, which also converts into a stand.

The e-reader is now up for pre-order on Amazon.in and will start shipping from November 13.

The 32GB (Wi-Fi + free 3G) version of new Kindle Oasis costs Rs. 28,999, while the base model which is without 3G capability and comes with 8GB of storage costs Rs. 21,999. The device integrates Amazon's Audible audiobook service, which is a first for a Kindle.

The water-safe fabric covers are priced at Rs 2,999 and will be available in indigo, charcoal and sandstone colour variants.

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