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Amazon unveils Kindle Oasis

Amazon Kindle Oasis release date is April 27, 2016
Amazon Kindle Oasis
This new e-reader is Amazon's thinnest and lightest Kindle ever, also offering extended battery life thanks to the removable leather charging cover included in the package.

The Amazon Kindle Oasis e-reader is already official, coming as an addition to the Kindle Voyage, and not as its replacement. The specs and features of this new Kindle confirm the most recent rumors, although Amazon revealed that the one about the 20-month battery life was wrong.

While the Voyage had six LEDs for illumination and the cheaper Paperwhite had only four, the new Kindle Oasis features no less than ten such lights. The display is the same as that used by the Voyage, a 6-inch E-ink touchscreen with 1,448X1,072 pixels and 300 ppi. Kindle Oasis features the thinnest body ever used in a Kindle so far, also being the lightest one (less than 0.29 pounds). According to the official press release, "Kindle Oasis has a featherweight polymer frame that is plated with metal by structural electroplating."

In addition to the above, the new Kindle introduces a dual battery system that promises to offer "months of battery life," but without revealing any numbers. The charging cover included with the Oasis comes in black, merlot, or walnut. It is also worth mentioning that Kindle Oasis brings back the physical buttons for page turning, by including pressure-sensitive areas in the bezel to get the job done.

While the standard Kindle, as well as the Kindle Voyage and the Paperwhite are still up for sale, going up to $200 USD, the new one starts at $289.99 USD. Pre-orders are already up, and the devices should reach the market by April 27.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-04-13 (Update: 2016-04-14)