Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos last week teased that a new Kindle was coming, which would be the eight generation in the company’s portfolio. While we await an official announcement, the new Kindle has been spotted online and it is reportedly called Kindle Oasis,Motherboard reports. The new Kindle was briefly listed on Amazon’s Japanese website before being taken down. Photos of the new Kindle Oasis was also briefly spotted on Amazon’s Tmall page.
One of the first things you notice is the new design, which seems to be focused on one-handed usage. There is a large bezel on one side and a bump underneath, which seems designed to make it easy to hold and use it with one hand. The bezel is on the right or left, depending upon which hand you hold the device, and a built-in accelerometer automatically pivots the display when switching hands.
The Oasis flaunts a 300ppi display, which may be on par with the Voyage, but is said to boast up to 60 percent more LEDs underneath. This increase helps in a more uniform backlighting when reading in the dark. The upcoming Kindle is smaller than the Voyage and weighs 131 grams, which is 27 percent lighter. It is also just 3.4mm thin (8.5mm at its thickest point), which is much slimmer than the 7.6mm Voyage.
A thinner design could mean a shorter battery life as well, but there have been rumors about a rechargeable battery case, which can boost the device’s standby battery life up to 20 months. While it sounds too good to be true, you can just about spot the connector in the photos, which is where the magnetic case/battery pack will connect. There are also rumors about a new feature called ‘Kindle sleep mode’, which presumably helps in boosting the device’s battery life.
While this upcoming Kindle is shaping up to be an interesting device, there is one feature (or the lack of it) that disappoints. Like the current Kindles, the Oasis won’t be waterproof either, so you will still have to wait a bit to fulfill your pool-side or bathtub reading dreams.
There is no word on the pricing at the moment, which will prove to be the make or break aspect of the new Kindle Oasis. It will also be interesting to see how soon Amazon plans to bring the new Kindle to India.