The all new Kindle Oasis will cost you iPad dollars, but has a battery life measured in months
Amazon overnight unveiled the Kindle Oasis, a redesigned flagship e-reader that promises better one-handed usability and months of standby battery life (Amazon isn't specifying an exact figure).
In addition to a new shape (said to rest in one's hand ike the spine of a book), the device itself is 30% thinner and 20% lighter than past Kindles, weighing in at just 131g. The Kindle Oasis will also ship with an leather charging cover that will continuously top up the reader's internal battery, although Amazon hasn't disclosed cumulative battery. Without the cover, Amazon says the Oasis lasts for "up to eight weeks, based on half an hour of reading per day with wireless off and light setting at 10".
Amazon has also souped up the Kindle Oasis' 6-inch display with a extra LEDs for increased brightness and consistency. Like the Kindle Voyage and the Kindle Paperwhite, the Oasis is front-lit (rather than backlit) to reduce eyestrain.
Of course, all of this technology comes at a price: the Kindle Oasis will retail for AUD$449 in Australia, AUD$150 more than the Kindle Voyage, Amazon's current flagship device. For comparison, the high pixel density, front-lit Kindle Paperwhite retails for AUD$179.
At AUD$449, the Kindle Oasis will be competing with both iOS and Android tablets that offer a great deal more functionality, albeit in heavier form-factors with less battery life. Apple's iPad mini 2 starts at AUD$369, while the iPad mini 4 is priced at AUD$569. Google's Nexus 9 currently retails for AUD$479.
Locally, the Kindle Oasis will be available through Amazon and Officeworks. Customers can start pre-ordering the AUD$449 e-reader from today, and the device will start shipping in the coming weeks.