Amazon updates Kindle Oasis with IPX8 waterproofing
Amazon just launched their new top-end Kindle. The Kindle Oasis (2017) e-reader has IPX8 waterproofing, and it starts at US$249.99 (~S$338.45).
The new tablet for e-books is a refresh of the early-2016 version. The older variant had a higher, US$290 price tag and no waterproofing. It shares the same sharpness for text (both are rated at 300PPI), but the new 2017 version has a 7-inch e-ink display, larger than its predecessor’s 6-inches. The new Kindle Oasis shares the same physical design and ergonomics as its predecessor, which includes the tapered profile for single-hand gripping.
According to Amazon, the IPX8 waterproofing allows the Kindle Oasis to be protected against immersion in up to two meters of fresh water, for up to 60 minutes.
The Kindle Oasis (2017) also comes with access to Audible, a paid library of audiobooks. The e-reader can pair to a Bluetooth headset, and the user can listen in, instead of reading. New Audible members get two free audiobooks from the service, along with a short free trial (Audible membership costs US$14.95 per month, which entitles you to one free audiobook).
The ~US$250 retail price is for the 8GB variant, with Wi-Fi connectivity and no special add-ons. It costs more if you want 32GB internal storage, along with cellular connectivity and no advertising on the Kindle’s lock screen – this would bring the total bill to S$349.99 (~S$473.71).
Here’s the Amazon e-shopping page for the new Kindle Oasis.