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Amazon Announces Kindle Oasis

Amazon has announced a premium entry to its Kindle e-reader lineup: the $289.99 Kindle Oasis. It’s designed to be held one-handed like a folded paperback, with a wedge-shaped hand grip that recalls the original Kindle, although Amazon brags that the screen is 30 percent thinner than any previous model. Since it’s intended for one-handed reading, the screen automatically flips depending on which hand you’re holding it with. Amazon says that the battery in the device’s leather case will stay charged for 8 weeks, based on a half hour of use per day with Wi-Fi off and the light setting at 10. While it’s unclear how much better it is than the $119.99 Kindle Paperwhite or $199.99 Kindle Voyage, some Kindle Oasis configurations are already delayed to ship after the 27 April 2016 launch date due to high demand.favicon follow link

 

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Curtis Wilcox  An apple icon for a Friend of TidBITS 2016-04-13 15:02
The Paperwhite, Voyage, and Oasis are all listed as having the same E Ink Carta display so I think readability differences are solely based on the evenness of the LED backlights. I think that also means they're all the same in terms of how snappy the interface is when turning pages or using touchscreen features like work look-up.

A lighter weight and buttons for page turning sound nice but the price is way too high.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2016-04-13 16:12
Yep, the number of backlighting LEDs is the only significant difference there—that's partly why we were a little dubious that the price difference was worthwhile. Battery life measured in months rather than weeks is perhaps important for a few people too, but most?