Kindle Oasis News: Everything We Know About Amazon's New E-Reader

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IN PHOTO: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos holds up a Kindle Paperwhite during Amazon's Kindle Fire event. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

Eight years after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced the very first Kindle device, the company has announced its fanciest e-reader yet. Early this month Bezos hinted that a new top-of-the-line Kindle was coming and now it has.

The new Kindle Oasis is currently available for preorders and has been billed as 30 percent thinner on average and 20 percent lighter than any other Kindle. It is the most radical redesign of the top-selling e-reader since its keyboard vanished five years ago and it's also the most expensive in years, with a base price of $290 and a top price of $380. The higher price gets users a 3G cellular connection and no lock-screen ads.

Other highlighted features include the Kindle Oasis being left handed friendly. Users who are lefties can easily invert the device for comfortability in the left or right hand.

The device will come with a free case. While the Kindle Oasis price is a bit hefty, the e-reader will come boxed with a protective cover, taking the hassle out of actually having to go out and find one you like before spending additional cash.

The battery life on the Oasis has been updated to an incredible measure. The Amazon e-reader features a battery capable of offering two full weeks of steady reading. Connecting to the case adds a further seven weeks of staying power for an impressive battery life that clocks in at about two months.

Furthermore, the device now has a landscape mode for the lazy readers and Amazon has made the display a lot brighter. By moving the backlight from the base, to the longer side of the panel, Amazon has managed to squeeze in a couple of additional light sources. Which means the device can now seamlessly transition from day time reader to night.

Check out all the technical details of the new Amazon Kindle Oasis below:

Amazon Kindle Oasis Amazon Kindle Oasis technical details. Amazon

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