Amazon finally made a waterproof Kindle

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Amazon has introduced its first waterproof Kindle e-reader - the new Kindle Oasis.

The biggest issue with the original Kindle Oasis was that it didn't have many exclusive features that warranted the price. The new model, which ships on October 31, includes a larger 7-inch screen, a water-resistant design, and support for Audible, the Amazon-owned audio book service. The device also has a 7-inch display, 8 GB of starting storage, audio book service Audible built in, and up to six weeks of battery life on a single charge.

Amazon has been selling Kindles for 10 years now, but "waterproof" never appeared on its list of incremental technological advancements - until now. There's a new option to invert the display so it shows white text on a dark background and built-in sensors adjust the brightness based on your location. The extra real estate means it's capable of squeezing in over 30 percent more words per page, resulting in fewer page turns.

The 300 ppi display promises to deliver "crisp, laser-quality text" with absolutely no glare, regardless of lighting conditions, while the battery life is measured in weeks, not hours.

While the design is similar to the 2016 model, including that asymmetrical sidebar you can use either left or right-handed, this time the e-reader is made from one seamless piece of aluminum. These now appear on the device's home screen alongside your ebooks and can be streamed via Bluetooth to wireless speakers and headphones. Unfortunately, that also means Amazon isn't including a leather case anymore.

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Amazon still has a huge range of Kindles, so it sees the Oasis as not only a flagship but also as an ultra-premium device for the most devoted of readers. Amazon declined to say how it waterproofed the Kindle, but since it still has an open USB port for charging, it's recommending that people stand the Kindle upright after it's been submerged.

One of the other big new features is the ability to stream Audible audiobooks straight from the Oasis to a pair of wireless headphones or speakers.

The new Oasis is different.

Amazon said the new Kindle Oasis, which will start at £230 ($250), can withstand immersion in up to two metres of water (6.5 feet) for up to an hour. There will also be a 32GB SKU with free integrated cellular connectivity for $350. Support for audio books also justifies the 8GB of storage standard (twice as much as before), notes Gizmodo.

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