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Amazon's waterproof 'Kindle Oasis' e-reader launched in India at Rs. 21999

12 October 2017

Available for pre-order now, the Kindle Oasis can be yours on October 31, so get ready to have some luxurious reading experiences this winter.

The new 7-inch touchscreen display makes it the largest screen ever for a Kindle, plus the IPX8 water resistance rating means it can be submerged in up to two metres of fresh water for up to an hour. Also inbuilt is Audible, Amazon's standard feature which lets you switch between reading and listening modes more easily.

Amazon.ca has unveiled the all-new Kindle Oasis, the company's newest e-reader.

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The Kindle's rivals, including Kobo, have had water resistant versions of their e-readers since 2014, but have failed to disrupt Amazon's dominance of the ebook market.

Amazon devices boss Dave Limp said: "Ten years ago, we introduced our first Kindle with the mission of delivering any book ever written in 60 seconds or less". Waterproofing has always been an omission on Kindle e-readers, but the Kindle Oasis will now let people read at the beach or in the bath tub without worrying about damage, Amazon said.

The new version of the Kindle Oasis comes with a six-week battery life and a brighter 7-inch screen with 300ppi pixel density. All of the waterproof Kindles come with Bluetooth connectivity, which will allow you to play your Audible titles on wireless speakers or headsets.

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Amazon is offering a 4G model for the cellular variant in the United States, while in India, it's offering a Wi-Fi + free 3G model. However, the "free 3G" connectivity will be offered via Amazon Whispernet free of cost. In India, it's partnering with Vodafone for this, but the company says it will wireless coverage in "over 100 countries and territories".

The water-safe fabric covers are priced at Rs 2,999 and will be available in indigo, charcoal and sandstone colour variants. The covers also launch on Halloween, so your Kindle Oasis doesn't have to spend one minute in its birthday suit. The device is available for pre-order on Amazon.in and will go on sale from November 15.

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Amazon's waterproof 'Kindle Oasis' e-reader launched in India at Rs. 21999