Amazon finally creates a waterproof Kindle, after 10 years

Amazon has been offered Kindles for 10 years now, though “waterproof” hasn’t seem on a list of incremental technological advancements until now. The association only announced a new chronicle of a renouned e-reader that builds on final year’s Kindle pattern and now has an IPX8 waterproof rating.

The new Kindle Oasis — a same name as final year’s reward Kindle — has jumped adult in size, relocating from a 6-inch shade to a 7-inch screen. It has an aluminum back, that gives it a some-more reward demeanour and feel than a Kindles with soft-touch plastic.

Unlike final year’s Kindle Oasis, that used a captivating box we trustworthy to a e-reader to extend a battery life, a new Oasis relies wholly on a built-in battery. It has a identical earthy design, with one thicker side that tapers down on a other side, for one-handed reading. But Amazon has done a indicate of observant that it managed to fit in a bigger battery, while gripping a slim side of a device during 3.4 millimeters.


The fortitude of a e-paper arrangement is a same during 300 ppi, though it has a integrate additional LED lights now for a brighter, some-more even-looking display. And it also has ambient light sensors that adjust a liughtness as we pierce from room to room, or from outdoor to indoors. (The progressing Voyage Kindle does this, too.)

There are earthy page-turn buttons, and a touchscreen page-turn option; Amazon says it’s worked on both a hardware and program side of things to make page-turning feel faster.

But a large news with a upgraded Oasis is a waterproofing, a long-requested underline from some Kindle fans. (Yes, final year’s indication was called Oasis and wasn’t waterproofed.) The new e-reader has been tested in dual meters of H2O for adult to 60 minutes. It’s also been tested in opposite H2O environments, like prohibited tubs, pools, and burble baths. Amazon declined to contend how it waterproofed a Kindle, though given it still has an open USB pier for charging, it’s recommending that people mount a Kindle honest after it’s been submerged.


The explanation is in a pouring: a Oasis’ waterproofing gets a discerning test.

Image: Lauren Goode / The Verge

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Audible fans will be happy, as well: a new Oasis has a built-in Audible app. This doesn’t meant we can listen to Audible from a Kindle itself — it still doesn’t have any speakers — though we can start an audio book from a device and tide it over Bluetooth to a set of headphones or a speaker.

The new Oasis ships during a finish of October and is replacing final year’s Oasis, withdrawal 4 Kindles sum in Amazon’s lineup: a strange Kindle ($80), a Kindle Paperwhite ($120), Kindle Voyage ($200), and a Oasis, that starts during $250 for an 8GB model. That’s double a bottom storage of prior Kindles, that Amazon says is to accommodate a storage of audio books. It also connects over both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE.

Amazon has been notoriously decorous when it comes to observant how many units of Kindle it has sole — that was a initial square of hardware Amazon ever done and sold — though Kevin Keith, Amazon’s ubiquitous manager of devices, pronounced in an talk that sales are still “quite good,” with “tens of millions” sold. He also remarkable that Kindle is in some-more countries than any other Amazon device.

“Kindle” has indeed turn synonymous with “e-reader” over a past decade, though that doesn’t indispensably meant Amazon will suffer a same kind of Kindle success over a subsequent 10 years. In 2016, information showed that ebook sales were down, while sales of earthy books surged. And in 2015, a Pew investigate news on American device tenure showed that e-reader tenure was down significantly from a year prior. According to non-Amazon data, it seems to have reached a rise in 2011.

But a orator for Amazon pronounced that Kindle is still as “relevant as ever,” indicating out that Kindle sales are adult year-over-year globally and that it had a best-selling day ever on Prime Day of this year.

For now, during least, there’s a new Kindle we can dump in a bath, a prohibited tub, or wherever else we suffer your ebooks when we need a mangle from a internet.

Update: This essay has been updated to embody some-more context on Kindle sales from Amazon. Also, a cost of a new Kindle was reported wrongly in an progressing chronicle of this article. The story has been updated to simulate that it is listed as $249.99 ($250), not $248.

Photography by Lauren Goode / The Verge

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