Launched : Amazon Kindle Oasis Waterproof Ebook Reader

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Amazon has launched it’s long-awaited waterproof Kindle ebook reader on Wednesday. It is the latest among the consumer devices launched by the online retail giant in the current year. It’s currently available for pre-orders in India. Customers can expect delivery from the week of 13th November. The 8GB variant of Kindle Oasis will cost Rs. 21,999  and the 32GB variant will be available at Rs. 28,999 which includes Wi-Fi + free 3G.

New “waterproofing” feature has been introduced

The latest version of the Kindle Oasis comes with a much brighter 7-inch screen with 300ppi which is slightly bigger than it’s predecessor. It also has a long battery life of six weeks. Waterproofing, which was missing in the previous models of Kindle e-readers, has been introduced which will lets users read in the bath tub or even at the beach without worrying about their device getting damaged, said Amazon. The Kindle Oasis comes with IPX8 rating, which means it can easily withstand immersion in water up to 1-metre height.

Wi-Fi + free 3G model with Amazon Whispernet 3G connectivity

In the US, a 4G model for the cellular variant is being offered by the company, whereas in India, a Wi-Fi + free 3G model is being offered, where the 3G connectivity is provided by Amazon Whispernet and the company pays for it. It’s partnering with Vodafone in India. The company also says it is planning to provide wireless coverage in more than hundred countries and territories.

Integrated Amazon’s Audible service and Bluetooth

The new model has Amazon’s Audible service integrated into it along with Bluetooth for streaming audio books to speakers or wireless headphones. A new cover has also been unveiled by Amazon for it’s new Kindle Oasis, which can be transformed into a stand. Water-proof fabric covers will cost Rs. 2,999, and will be available in Sandstone, Charcoal and Indigo colour variants, while premium leather covers will cost Rs. 3,999, and will be available in Merlot and Black colour variants.

This year has been kind of unusually packed for Amazon gadgets. The company rolled out refreshed tablets and also introduced several new Echo speakers last month. Amazon also launched the Echo Plus, Echo Dot and Echo earlier this month in India.

Main Features

  • A new waterproof Kindle Oasis has been introduced by Amazon
  • Pre-orders have already started for the e-reader in India
  • The 8GB variant will cost Rs. 21,999 and the 32GB variant will cost Rs. 28,999.

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