Super-thin Amazon Kindle Oasis launches with its own charging cover
Amazon’s made no secret of the fact that a new Kindle was on the way, teasing the news early last week. It wasn’t long before rumors of battery-boosting accessories gave way to a full-blown leak, and an accidental early publication appeared to confirm the company’s plans for the incredibly thin Kindle Oasis. Today, all those teases, rumors, and leaks reach their boiling point, as Amazon goes official with its latest e-ink tablet, the new Kindle Oasis.
Not that we had any reason to doubt it, but that early publication really hit the nail right on the head, and the Kindle Oasis we see launch today is very much the model we got a detailed look at earlier this week. Amazon’s taking the e-reader in a new design direction for this eight-generation model, introducing a shape for the tablet that shifts its center of gravity to one side in order to aid with comfortable one-handed operation.
That gives the tablet a screen that tapers to just 3.4mm thin at its narrowest point. Despite making the new Kindle so thin, Amazon manages to cram in even more LED lighting for you nighttime readers, boosting brightness levels by 60 percent.
It had been clear from the leaks that a battery-packing cover would be key to Amazon’s plans for the Kindle Oasis, but we hadn’t anticipated just how essential Amazon would make it: the leather charging cover (available in three shades) is no accessory, but a bundled part of every Kindle Oasis order. It charges right alongside the tablet itself, easily comes on and off with the help of a few magnets, and when attached helps boost tablet battery life from weeks to months.
All this new tech doesn’t come cheap, though, and the Kindle Oasis arrives with a premium price tag that soundly puts it at the top of the Kindle lineup: the standard WiFi-only Kindle Oasis sells for just about $290, while the 3G-equipped edition pushes that to nearly $360. Pre-orders are open now, with the tablets shipping at the end of the month.
Granted, both those options come bundled with their own charging covers, but that’s a lot of cash for an admittedly limited-purpose e-reader. Will the super-thin design and increased battery life convince shoppers to pay quite so much? We’re about to find out.