Amazon announces its thinnest and lightest Kindle, the Kindle Oasis

The Kindle Oasis comes with a special cover and has been designed for extended reading sessions.

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Amazon has announced what it's calling its thinnest and lightest Kindle it’s ever produced, called Kindle Oasis.

The Kindle Oasis features both a thin display and an ergonomic grip and weighs 4.6 ounces and is 3.4mm thin at its thinnest point, making it 30% thinner on average and over 20% lighter than any other Kindle. This was done through the inclusion of its polymer frame that’s been plated with metal via structural electroplating.

The new Kindle was specifically designed for extended reading sessions as it shifts the center of gravity in the reader’s palm. This will hopefully make one-handed reading feel more comfortable, especially now that you can turn the digital page with either the touch display or physical buttons. The Oasis also has a built-in accelerometer that is capable of detecting what hand the user is reading with, and automatically rotates pages and turn buttons to match.

The Kindle Oasis introduces a new dual-battery system to the Kindle family, so long as you connect its included charging cover. When the cover is connected, the Kindle Oasis will automatically be charged and is said to extend its battery life by several months. You won’t have to worry about charging either separately as both the Kindle and its cover will automatically recharge as long as they’re both snapped together and plugged in. Unfortunately, Amazon didn't dislose what kind of battery life the Oasis itself will deliver without its cover.

Last, but certainly not least, is the new high-res 300ppi Paperwhite display, which includes a redesigned built-in front light that features 60% more LEDs than previous iterations. The display was designed using a 200 micron display backplane that’s as thin as a single sheet of aluminum foil.

The Kindle Oasis will retail for $289.99 and is currently available for pre-order with shipments expecting to start going out in a few weeks.

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    April 13, 2016 6:55 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Amazon announces its thinnest and lightest Kindle yet, the Kindle Oasis

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      April 13, 2016 7:00 AM

      Hmmm, and I was just thinking about getting a Voyage...

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      April 13, 2016 7:06 AM

      Looks great, but holy shit $289.99 / C$399.99 is way, way too expensive for a Kindle to me.

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        April 13, 2016 7:14 AM

        yeah that's bananas. it looks good but the Voyage was already too expensive to justify.

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      April 13, 2016 7:18 AM

      That price is crazy high for an e-paper device. You can get a full color Kindle Fire for that price or cheaper.

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        April 13, 2016 7:21 AM

        I wish they had some competition so we could have a similar situation with ereaders, but nobody else managed to hang on.

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          April 13, 2016 7:28 AM

          there are so many models of kindle that they're almost effectively their own competition, you can get e-paper kindles from like 75 bucks all the way up to the new oasis

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            April 13, 2016 7:30 AM

            Considering the hardware, ereaders should cost less than a tablet, but that isn't the case.

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              April 13, 2016 7:36 AM

              You can get a really damn nice e-reader (Kindle Paperwhite or Nook Glowlight Plus) for $120-$130. You can get tablets for that price, but they'll be fairly shitty tablets.

              As an aside, my Glowlight Plus is waterproof, which makes hot tub reading suddenly really appealing.

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                April 13, 2016 7:37 AM

                Yes, but why isn't there a $50 version like there is with a tablet? Let alone with a built-in light.

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                  April 13, 2016 7:48 AM

                  I'd speculate that a big part of it is you can't buy terrible, stupid-cheap e-paper displays like you can buy terrible, stupid-cheap LCD displays. Not enough demand for e-paper in general and purpose-built e-readers specifically. E-readers are single-purpose devices, after all. Also, no widely available generic operating system that you can just slap on an e-reader, whereas some Android variant can be readily had. That means development time and cost.

                  Honestly, I wouldn't buy or advise anyone to buy a $50 tablet anyway. It's going to be terrible.

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          April 13, 2016 8:53 AM

          tablets and phones are their competition

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            April 13, 2016 4:31 PM

            I don't really agree with this. eReaders come off as a specialty reading device. My tablet nor phone is anywhere near as good as my paper white when it comes to just reading text on a screen.

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              April 13, 2016 4:33 PM

              Perhaps just being good enough is all it takes though :/

              Food for thought.

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                April 13, 2016 4:37 PM

                exactly. It doesn't have to be as good. It merely needs to be good enough such that the marginal utility a Kindle provides is no longer worth the added pain of managing/carrying a second device regularly. The same is true of how smartphones affect handheld gaming.

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                  April 13, 2016 5:02 PM

                  Yet when I fly I see a lot more kindles than anything else being used to read in first and biz class. People are willing to use a dedicated device.

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                    April 13, 2016 5:05 PM

                    people who fly first and business class aren't exactly representative of the norm. In any case, I never said they don't have a niche, only that they absolutely have serious competition even if no one else is making a dedicated eReader anymore.

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                      April 13, 2016 7:24 PM

                      It is exactly the representation on who would spent 200+ on an ereader

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                        April 13, 2016 7:33 PM

                        Kindles have been available for like $50 for years. Until a year or so ago a high end Kindle was only like $130 or something. The price isn't even an issue in whether they sell or not in aggregate. Whether they sell was how much people value the eInk and whether it's worth carrying a second device. Early in the Kindles life the numbers looked better because the marginal value was higher, as most people only had a smartphone with a small screen and poor battery life. Even if you wanted to read on your iPhone on a flight you couldn't afford to burn that much battery before you landed. Now more and more people have phones with big screens, better battery life, and tablets, and it looks like eReader sales are down. Amazon has responded by going up market to the smaller niche who will pay more. Like I said, competition from phones and tablets.

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        April 13, 2016 7:35 AM

        Except all but the most expensive one are only 1280x800 resolution. The 10" Kindle is like 150ppi.

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        April 13, 2016 8:38 PM

        it's an entirely different beast than a kindle fire for reading experience.

        i read at least an hour a day so $300 is a no brainer for me.

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      April 13, 2016 7:23 AM

      Damn, 300 bucks is a lot. Kinda crazy to think the original kindle was 400 bucks and I didn't think twice about ordering one.

      When I finally upgraded to the voyage, I had to think a while about whether or not the $200 was really worth it.

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        April 13, 2016 8:09 PM

        I think their lineup is weird. How does the Voyage fit in, exactly? My guess is they phase it out after a year.

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          April 13, 2016 8:42 PM

          I wouldn't be surprised if they phase it out even quicker than that. They should probably try and get the paperwhite down to as cheap as possible (under $100) and get rid of everything but that and the Oasis.

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      April 13, 2016 7:29 AM

      Well this is meaningless: 3.4mm thin at its thinnest point

      How thick is it at its thickest point, hmm?

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          April 13, 2016 7:37 AM

          (Honestly it's still all thin as fuck)

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            April 13, 2016 7:52 AM

            Sure. To be honest, the whole "X is 2mm thinner than Y" thing is getting a little eye-roll inducing to me, and the larger the device the sillier it is.

            My Nook Glowlight Plus was way cheaper and has essentially the same display. It's a little thicker and heavier (by a couple ounces and a couple mm), but has a Gorilla Glass screen surface and is waterproof. Those features are way more useful to me than a couple ounces/mm.

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              April 13, 2016 4:29 PM

              "a couple ounces" essentially makes the Nook 50% heavier than this new Kindle

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      April 13, 2016 7:36 AM

      Think of all the books you could buy with that money...

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      April 13, 2016 7:42 AM

      I like the design even if it is a little weird. The one-handed operation would be awesome. There's no way I'm shelling out almost $300 for one though. My paperwhite is still perfectly fine.

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      April 13, 2016 8:25 AM

      The Kindle Paperwhite is pretty light and all, but it's difficult to hold it for extended period without dropping it. Using a leather case helps this, it thickens it a bit more, provides a better grip and more area to grip with, but of course this adds weight and bulk to the whole thing.

      I wish manufacturers would provide portable devices like this with a better way to hold the device and that has more of a grip. Instead of using a shiny plastic or metal, use rubber or faux leather on the sides. Yeah, it won't look as good, but it would make it easier for long-term handling and reduce the amount of times people drop them. Same with phones.

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      April 13, 2016 8:47 AM

      wake me up when i can shave with it

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        April 13, 2016 1:11 PM

        That's in the next version, the Kindle Papercut version.

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          April 13, 2016 4:05 PM

          followed by the Kindle Guillotine

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      April 13, 2016 9:08 AM

      *hugs Kobo*

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      April 13, 2016 10:10 AM

      lol 300 bucks.

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      April 13, 2016 10:11 AM

      i spent $140 on both my original Kindle and my Paperwhite. this thing starts at more than double that. crazy.

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      April 13, 2016 10:43 AM

      Looks nice, but holy shit, that price is bananas.

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      April 13, 2016 10:50 AM

      Yeesh that's expensive for a Kindle but I LOVE my kindle paperwhite. I don't see why it needs dual batteries as my paperwhite seems to last a very long time on a single charge. I mean I forgot about my Kindle for a few months once and when I picked it up it still had a charge, albeit very little.

      I can see it being enticing for book lovers who don't mind spending extra for a nice quality product. But they release a new Kindle every year so it's hard for me to buy in that much, I got my paperwhite refurbished for $70 and it's nice knowing that I could probably upgrade to a nicer refurb later on for just as cheap.

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      April 13, 2016 11:56 AM

      never spending more than $80 for a kindle

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      April 13, 2016 12:41 PM

      Why is it not a consistent thickness? That would drive me nuts.

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        April 13, 2016 12:46 PM

        When the case is on it's flush with the rest of the kindle, which is pretty neat. But it's made that way to change the center of gravity, which I can totally get after holding my kindle for a few hours.

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        April 13, 2016 2:42 PM

        It's where you grip it, so it makes sense. Holding a super think flat thing would get uncomfortable anyway.

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      April 13, 2016 1:36 PM

      Damn just got the voyage (which rocks!!)

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      April 13, 2016 3:50 PM

      Ugh, can't buy one without killing a cow.

      Wtf amazon?

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      April 13, 2016 4:24 PM

      I really like the look of it, but they made the paperwhite so good and cheap. I'll take a lot more than this to convince me to upgrade.

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        April 13, 2016 8:26 PM

        It almost feels like its there to drive more people to buy Paperwhites. It is such a superb e-reader and does the job for pretty much anyone in the market for one.

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      April 13, 2016 4:26 PM

      I like my Paper White a lot. This thing looks cool, I just don't see much reason to upgrade. Also the Paper White being less than 100 bucks made it an easy buy.

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      April 13, 2016 5:04 PM

      Preordered. I skipped the voyager edition. I like my paperwhite but holding it one handed for long periods sucks. Especially with the quirky screen touches for page turns. Dedicated buttons make this worth it for me.

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      April 13, 2016 8:36 PM

      Mike just groaned and said, "I am never buying you another Kindle for Christmas."

      10 LEDs and half the weight?

      Want.

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      April 13, 2016 9:50 PM

      I hope parts of the design and improvements filter down into the next PaperWhite.

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