New ultra-thin Kindle Oasis includes pretty cool ‘charging cover’

13 Apr 2016

The new Amazon Kindle Oasis

Amazon’s eighth edition of its e-reader Kindle range has been released, with the ultra-thin Oasis sporting a pretty novel charging cover.

Earlier this month, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took to Twitter to announce the news that a new Kindle e-reader was on the way.

Not much was revealed but, given the fact that the Kindle remains Amazon’s most successful product, and one that has survived through many stages remarkably well, we were expecting something cool.

What we received today is just that, although at $289 it’s a bit steep in comparison to previous models.

Amazon says it’s “incredibly thin” and, at 3.4mm at its thinnest point, they’re not lying. It’s around 30pc thinner than previous Kindles, and 20pc lighter.

But the really cool development with this Oasis is a new charging cover that delivers two extra months of battery life. That’s a lot of battery.

Called a ‘dual-battery design’, the case charges the Kindle once it’s applied, utilising a ‘custom cell architecture’. If you’re really in a rush, you can charge it directly from an AC while the cover does its thing, too.

Kindle Oasis

After receiving considerable praise in recent times for some of its latest devices like the Amazon Echo – the Fire was OK, too – the Kindle is making a comeback.

The last time Amazon released a Kindle e-reader was back towards the end of 2014, with the Kindle Voyage marketed as being one of the most upmarket versions of the e-reader, with it priced in the €200 range.

The Oasis is a bit more upmarket, so. The leather covers come in black, walnut (above) or merlot (which we had to Google).

Orders are already open online.

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic