All the specifications for Amazon's newest and lightest-ever ebook reader.
Amazon has expanded its Kindle ebook reader family with newly-announced Kindle Oasis ebook reader, which the ecommerce giant is touting as the thinnest and lightest Kindle yet.
The basic Oasis model weighs in at 131 grams. Its predecessor, the Kindle Voyage, was 180 grams. It's also just 3.4mm thick at its thinnest point and 8.5mm at its thickest without a cover.
One interesting design change: Amazon is reintroduced physical page-turning buttons, which were a feature of the original Kindle but have long been abandoned in favour of a touch interface. The reason is that the redesigned Kindle is modelled like a book (complete with optional cover) and designed to rest in your palm, making it easier to hold for long periods. There's a built-in accelerometer which detects whether you're using your left or right hand to turn, and adjusts the page turn buttons accordingly.
The cover also contains a battery and serves as a charger, which automatically charges the battery built into the Oasis itself. Amazon claims this results in "months" of battery life. The reader is attached to the cover via magnets. You can choose between black, merlot and walnut leather covers (note that these do add to the basic weight of the device, though they still seem like a good idea to us).
Like previous Kindle devices, the Oasis is available in a Wi-Fi only model, or with both Wi-Fi and 3G. The 3G option provides free downloads of any new purchases almost anywhere you can get a 3G connection around the world (note you can't use the 3G for browsing or for downloading documents you have emailed to yourself for reading on the Kindle).
When will it be available in Australia?
For Australian customers, Amazon is offering both the Wi-Fi only model, priced at US$309.99, and the Wi-Fi and 3G model for US$379.99. Pre-orders are being taken now, with the device scheduled to ship 27 April 2016. Shipping to Australia as per Amazon is US$11.98 (8-16 days shipping) or US$20.98 (2-5 days). That gives the Kindle Oasis a total cheapest asking price (presuming you can bear with a longer wait time) of US$321.97 for the Wi-Fi model or $391.97 for the Wi-Fi+3G model. At current exchange rates that should equate to around $421 or $512 for each model.
Australian customers don't have the option of buying a cheaper model which displays advertisements on the lock screen, presumably because Amazon hasn't lined up local advertising yet.
When we initially tried to order a Kindle Oasis to ship to Australia, Amazon's interface refused our order, but this now appears to have been resolved.
Previous Kindle models were sold in Australia through Dick Smith, but that chain collapsed earlier in 2016. This time around, the Kindle Oasis will be sold through Officeworks, but you'll pay a slight premium for the privilege, with the Wi-Fi only model selling for $449.
Here are the announced specifications for the Kindle Oasis and how it compares to the previous model, the Kindle Voyage (weight is for the Wi-Fi only version):
|Thickness||3.4mm - 8.5mm||7.6mm|