Amazon Releases New Kindle Oasis for Pre-Order – $289.99
Yesterday, amazon started taking pre-orders (LINK) on the latest Kindle creation called Oasis, and will ship starting on April 27. This introduction boasts that the Oasis is 30% thinner (3.4mm) and 20% lighter than any previous Kindle. Specifically designed for holding in one hand, Oasis weighs in at a very light 4.6 oz. (total weight -w/o cover) … for reference, the newer KindlePaperwhite weighs in at 7.2 oz.
Oasis has a built-in front light with 60% more LEDs and will taught the longest battery life of any Kindle, thanks to the additional extended battery that comes with the included leather case that together (there’s a battery in the Oasis) can allow reading for up to 8 weeks without an external charge. We would expect at least one charging session to be able to read a good majority of the 4.4 million books now available in the Kindle store.
The new Kindle Oasis is priced at $289.99, which is somewhat expensive compared the entry-level Kindle ($79.99), the Kindle Paperwhite ($119.99), Voyage ($199.99) and the newest economical Amazon Fire (start at $49). NOTE: FatWallet members get cash back on select department purchases from Amazon.
Technical Details (per Amazon feature page):
- Display – Amazon’s 6″ Paperwhite display technology with E Ink Carta™ and built-in light, 300 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale
- Weight – 4.6 oz (131 g); : 4.7 oz (133 g); Cover: 3.8 oz (107 g)
- System Requirements – None
- On-Device Storage – 4 GB (holds thousands of books)
- Cloud Storage – Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
- Battery Life – A single charge with cover lasts up to eight weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10.
- Charge Time – Fully charges in less than 3 hours from a computer via USB cable
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi + 3G; Supports public and private Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
- Content Formats Supported – Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion