For its 10th anniversary, Amazon's Kindle tries a larger screen size

For its 10th anniversary, Amazon's Kindle tries a larger screen size

It's available for preorder now, and will start shipping on 31 October.

However, the new Kindle will face competition from physical books. Pricing starts at $250 for the 8GB model and $280 for a 32GB incarnation.

Unlike the original Oasis, the all-new Oasis has a battery life measured in weeks, not hours, lasting an impressive six weeks. Amazon, I'm told, has also tested it in bath tub and pool water, along with sea water, just to make sure it's holiday-ready.

Weighing in at 194 grams and 3.4mm thick, the refreshed Kindle Oasis sports a 7-inch display - one inch larger than its predecessor.

The new device also features a 7 inch display and fast charging capabilities, meaning it can be charged to 100 per cent from zero in less than two hours, the company says. For context, the previous Oasis was rated at a mere two weeks without the battery cover, although adding one extended that out to eight weeks. The back of the new Oasis is also made of aluminum, unlike the 2016 version, and it's the first and only waterproof Kindle.

In fact, Amazon has taken the case mechanic of the Kindle Oasis away altogether. "You can easily turn pages with dedicated page turn buttons and the display will automatically rotate the page orientation whether you hold it with your left or right hand".

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That same Audible support is coming to the previous Oasis and the standard 8th-generation Kindle as well, so you can switch between text and audio versions of the same book as you like. Like the first-gen model, the Oasis is just 3.4mm at its thinnest point, but it now offers a more premium aluminium rear. (Amazon has tried its hand at both, finding more success with Fire-branded tablets than the discontinued Fire phone). Sadly, it also uses an old micro-USB port.

Though some earlier versions of the Kindle supported audiobook playback, replete with built-in speakers and headphone jacks, you certainly couldn't flip effortlessly between a text-based book and the audio counterpart of that same book without switching to the Kindle or Audible mobile apps.

The device itself should also be a bit faster than before-an Amazon spokesperson said the new model runs on a dual-core 1GHz NXP i.MX7D processor, up from the Cortex-A9 chip in the last Oasis.

The OS on Kindle products has been easy to use for quite some time, but now new features to allow you to fiddle with the font size, type and boldness will make it even easier to read your books.

The Kindle Oasis (2017) looks to be the best ereader the retailer has ever produced, bringing in genuinely useful upgrades such as a waterproof design and the ability to have audiobooks loaded up and ready to go.

You get a choice of new covers too, US$44.99 for the fabric ones and $59.99 for the leather ones.

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