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12 October 2017, 12:12 | Brandon Parsons
Amazon announce new waterproof Kindle Oasis
The main highlight of the new Kindle is that is it waterproof and has bigger screen.
Amazon says the Kindle Oasis is faster, and now fits "over 30 per cent more words" per page, leading to less page turns.
After launching a slew of consumer devices like the Amazon Echo range of smart speakers in India, Amazon.com has on Wednesday introduced an all-new waterproof Kindle ebook reader called the Amazon Kindle Oasis and it is already up for pre-orders in India. The new Kindle Oasis is priced at Rs. 21,999 for the 8GB model and Rs. 28,999 for the 32GB model. "Kindle Oasis" can be immersed in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes. The Kindle Oasis is now available for pre-order and will start shipping from November 13.
Also today, Amazon has announced new font size and bold settings will be "delivered as a free, over-the-air update to Kindle Paperwhite (Gen 6 released in 2013) and newer Kindle devices". Now, the all-new Amazon Kindle has come with waterproofing feature which has always been a requirement for Kindle e-readers.
The new Kindle Oasis ditches the battery cover of last year's device, which was needed to give it good battery life.
Amazon is offering a 4G model for the cellular variant in the U.S., while in India, it's offering a Wi-Fi + free 3G model.
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. The default storage capacity is 4GB and can be increased to 8GB.
The water-safe fabric covers are priced at Rs 2,999 and will be available in indigo, charcoal and sandstone colour variants. Amazon has partnered with Vodafone to offer the free 3G connectivity in India, but says that the service will be available in "more than 100 countries and territories". The base model - without 4G capability and with 8 GB of storage - costs $250 (roughly Rs. 16,290). Moreover, with Kindle Unlimited offer Amazon claims to have over 1 million eBooks available at starting price of Rs 149 per month.
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