Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News - 12-10-2017
Amazon has introduced a waterproof Kindle, ten years after it began selling the e-reader.
The device, an updated version of the Kindle Oasis, has a faster 4G wireless connection, six-week battery life, and a brighter 7-inch screen, slightly larger than the previous model and an IPX8 waterproof rating.
Waterproofing has long been an omission on Kindle e-readers, and will now let people read at the beach or in the bath tub without worrying about damage.
The 4G internet functionality means users will be able to download books more quickly than on the previous 3G version. The new model also has Bluetooth and integrates with Amazon’s Audible service to stream audio books to wireless headphones or speakers.
Unlike last year’s Kindle Oasis, which used a magnetic case you attached to the e-reader to extend its battery life, the new Oasis relies entirely on its built-in battery. It has a similar physical design, with one thicker side that tapers down on the other side, for one-handed reading.
The 4G version costs $350 and includes 32 GB of storage. The base model - without 4G capability and with 8 GB of storage - costs $250.
South African prices may differ from those quoted in the US.