Eight years ago Amazon introduced Kindle. Which became an almost instant hit amongst e-book readers. Of course, this then led to new, lighter, more advanced Kindles over the years.
Their newest e-book reader, which you can pre-order today and is due to begin shipping April 27, is another step in their mission to make a reader that feels like a book and doesn't distract you with social media, emails, or text messages.
The new Kindle Oasis has been redesigned from the ground up, with an all new lighter body and a charging cover that Amazon claims will deliver months of power.
On its own the Oasis can go for close to two weeks, but because you no longer have to buy the case separately, the new dual-battery design gives the Oasis almost four times the battery life.
Another great battery feature is that you can charge them both simultaneously when they are snapped together, and plugged in of course. Also, a new hibernation mode will save battery life for when you are not reading your favorite novel.
The Oasis weighs in at roughly 4.6 ounces and is just 3.4mm at its thinnest point. According to Amazon that makes it 30% thinner and over 20% lighter than previous versions. If you live in a windy city, you may be chasing it down the street if a strong gust of wind grabs it. Although, even though its light, Amazon is claiming that it is still very strong. They've used a polymer frame that is plated with metal.
The Oasis feature a 300ppi Paperwhite display and a redesigned front light that features 60% more LEDs; giving it a crisper, and brighter text in all kinds of different lighting. However, unlike the Kindle Voyage, it will not include adaptive light, which adjusts the brightness based on the lighting in the area.
The Oasis will, of course, come with access to the Kindle Store, and for $9.99 a month you get millions (no, literally millions) of books, newspapers, and magazines.
It is going to cost you. The Oasis is going to start at $289.99 for WiFI only with some special offers; like those annoying ads you get when you first wake up your Kindle. Wi-Fi and 3G with the ads will set you back $359.99. So, if you do not like seeing those ads...it is going to cost you...more. You are looking at $309.99 with Wi-Fi and then $379.99 for the WiFi, 3G model.
On a final note, it sounds like a great looking e-reader with loads of battery life. However, considering it does not have any more storage than the other Kindles, or integration with Alexa - $379.99 may be a hard pill to swallow for some consumers.
Let us know what you think of the new Oasis below.